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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 265-267

Thymic cyst in the differential diagnosis of pediatric lateral cervical masses

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Vani Vilas Hospital, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India

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Raghu S Ramareddy
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Vanivilas Hospital Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.105111

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Thymic cyst is a very rare differential diagnosis of pediatric neck swellings and often misdiagnosed as either branchial cleft cyst or cystic hygromas. An eleven year old boy presented a painless left lateral cervical swelling with initial diagnosis of branchial cyst. He underwent complete excision of the lesion and histological examination confirmed a thymic cyst. The embryological development, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, pathology and management of ectopic thymic lesions are discussed together with a brief review of the literature.

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