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Thymic cyst: a fourth branchial cleft anomaly.

Authors
  • Nayan, Smriti
  • MacLean, Jonathan
  • Sommer, Doron
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Laryngoscope
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
120
Issue
1
Pages
100–102
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/lary.20720
PMID: 19813254
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report a unique case of a fourth branchial cleft cyst found within the thymus of an adult patient. In the literature to date, there have been no reports of such a finding in the adult population. These anomalies can often cause recurrent acute suppurative thyroiditis or recurrent deep neck abscesses. Delay in recognizing the underlying etiology can lead to significant complications.

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