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Branchial cyst: a diagnosis of exclusion

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Zafarullah Wazeer ,

Kegalle Teaching Hospital, LK
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Consultant ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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Ashok Tewary

Northamptonshire, GB
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Consultant ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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Abstract

The incidence of cancer in lateral neck cysts which were clinically diagnosed as branchial cysts was assessed retrospectively in two different periods in two different geographical locations over a period of 12 and 10 years. The incidence of cancers in these clinically benign cysts was nearly 14%. Although clinically these are labelled as branchial cysts, they ought to be investigated as cystic metastases from a nearby primary cancer, usually the tonsil, and a concerted search for a primary site ought to be made at the same time as excising them for histology.
How to Cite: Wazeer, Z. and Tewary, A., 2018. Branchial cyst: a diagnosis of exclusion. Ceylon Journal of Otolaryngology, 7(1), pp.2–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjo.v7i1.5266
Published on 31 Dec 2018.
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