Title:
Thymic cyst in the differential diagnosis of paediatric cervical masses
Authors:
I. Petropoulos, I. Konstantinidis, G. Noussios, K. Karagiannidis and G. Kontzoglou
Institutions:
Otorhinolaryngology Department, Hippokratio General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
Keywords:
Cervical mass; children; ectopic thymus
Pages:
35 - 37
Abstract:
Thymic cyst in the differential diagnosis of paediatric cervical masses.Cervical ectopic thymic tissue is rarely reported. However, it should be included in the differential diagnosis of neck masses, especially in children. We present a case of a 7-year-old male with a soft, asymptomatic right-sided cervical mass. The patient underwent complete exci- sion of a 3 x 4 cm cyst, which was derived from a mass of soft tissue and was in close relation with the carotid sheath. Histological examination of the specimen showed a thymic cyst. The child’s post-operative course was unremarkable and follow-up appointment six months later showed complete recovery. The embryological development, clinical presenta- tion and management of ectopic thymic lesions are discussed together with a brief review of the literature.
Issue:
Vol. 2, 2006, 1st trimester


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Thymic cyst in the differential diagnosis of paediatric cervical masses