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An unusual midline swelling--case report of a cutaneous bronchogenic cyst.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of pediatric surgery : official journal of Austrian Association of Pediatric Surgery ... [et al] = Zeitschrift für Kinderchirurgie
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
5
Pages
345–346
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1038494
PMID: 18629774
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Cutaneous bronchogenic cyst remains a very rare cause of a midline swelling in children. The authors report a case of a 14-month-old boy who presented with a sternal sinus and consequent abscess. Histopathological analysis revealed this to be a cutaneous bronchogenic cyst. This is a very rare lesion with only 65 cases reported in the literature. It is caused by an abnormal development in the distal tracheobronchial tree, and diagnosis is confirmed by ciliated and mucin-producing pseudostratified columnar epithelium of respiratory type on histopathological analysis. It is managed by resection of the cyst, as these cysts are often foci for subsequent infections and malignant potential has been reported.

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