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Surg Clin North Am. 2012 Jun;92(3):583-97, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2012.03.015.

Congenital cervical cysts, sinuses, and fistulae in pediatric surgery.

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Department of Surgery, Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington School of Medicine, 4800 Sand Point Way, NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA.


Congenital cervical anomalies are essential to consider in the clinical assessment of head and neck masses in children and adults. These lesions can present as palpable cystic masses, infected masses, draining sinuses, or fistulae. Thyroglossal duct cysts are most common, followed by branchial cleft anomalies and dermoid cysts. Other lesions reviewed include median ectopic thyroid, cervical teratomas, and midline cervical clefts. Appropriate diagnosis and management of these lesions requires a thorough understanding of their embryology and anatomy. Correct diagnosis, resolution of infectious issues before definitive therapy, and complete surgical excision are imperative in the prevention of recurrence.

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