Bronchogenic cysts and esophageal duplication cysts are embryological foregut duplication cysts and are also differential diagnosis for a cystic mediastinal mass.
- asymptomatic bronchogenic cyst
- symptomatic esophageal cyst in the case of peptic ulceration
- bronchogenic cysts appear at a subcarinal location (most commonly)
- esophageal cysts appear more tubular and in close relation to the esophagus
- thin-walled bronchogenic cyst
- relatively thick-walled esophageal cyst (due to the presence of smooth muscle)