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Branchial Cleft Cysts

Branchial cleft sinus

  • This is a defect in the neck present at birth, but sometimes may go unrecognized until adolescence.

  • Pits, lumps, or tissue tags on one side of the neck
  • Sometimes, fluid drains from a pit on the neck

  • It occurs when tissues in the neck area fail to develop properly during the embryonic stage.

  • Visual inspection by physician
  • Testing is usually not necessary 

  • It usually requires no treatment.
  • Antibiotics for infected branchial cleft
  • Total excision for persistent problems


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