Second branchial cleft cyst

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


The patient noticed a painless swelling in her right neck about 10 weeks ago.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female

A sharply delineated T2-hyperintense cyst at the level of the right carotid bifurcation without contrast enhancement. It is located between the anterior border of the right sternomastoid posteriorly, posterior aspect of the right submandibular gland anteriorly and the carotid sheath medially.

Case Discussion

Imaging features and location of the cystic lesion is in keeping with a non-complicated second branchial cleft cyst.

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Case information

rID: 13845
Published: 23rd May 2011
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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