Ectopic cervical thymic cyst in a seven year old: A diagnostic challenge

Haissan Iftikhar, Shabbir Akhtar

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Cervical thymus cyst is a rare entity and resembles lymphangioma or branchial cleft cyst therefore, presents as a diagnostic challenge. It has a slight male predominance and presents on the left side of the neck in up to 70% of cases. It is a painless mass that progressively increases. We present a case of a seven year old child with a right sided neck swelling that would increase on phonation therefore, adding to the complexity of the case. Surgical excision was performed and final histopathology revealed an ectopic thymic cyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-800
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • Head and neck neoplasms
  • Pediatrics
  • Thymus


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