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J Pediatr Surg. 2003 Jul;38(7):1099-101.

A case of congenital midline cervical cleft with congenital heart disease.

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Maternity and Perinatal Care Unit, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Toyama, Japan.


A congenital midline cervical cleft (CMCC) is a rare developmental anomaly. It may represent failure of the branchial arches to fuse in the midline and presents at birth with a ventral midline defect of the skin of the neck. Congenital heart disease along with CMCC is rarer, and most of the cases reported are associated with chest wall defects or thoracic ectopia cordis. The authors report a case of a 5-month-old girl with CMCC and an atrial septal defect (ASD) and discuss the clinical presentation, embryologic development, and treatment.

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