A Cervical Thymic Cyst with Persistent Thymopharyngeal Tract: A Case Report

Authors

1 Assistant Professor, Department of ENT, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry – 605006, India.

2 Junior Resident, Department of ENT, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry – 605006, India.

3 Senior Resident, Department of ENT, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry – 605006, India.

4 Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry – 605006, India.

5 Associate Professor and Head, Department of ENT, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry – 605006, India.

Abstract

Cervical thymic cyst is a rare entity of either congenital or inflammatory origin described infrequently in literature. The asymptomatic nature of the entity and the rarity of the lesion frequently lead to a diagnostic dilemma many times. We present a case of cervical thymic cyst that presented to us as an asymptomatic neck mass that was managed surgically. Cervical thymic cyst should be kept as a differential diagnosis of an asymptomatic neck swelling especially in children.

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