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Cervical bronchogenic cysts mimic metastatic lymph nodes during thyroid cancer surgery

Authors
 Hak Hoon Jun  ;  Seok Mo Kim  ;  Yong Sang Lee  ;  Soon Won Hong  ;  Hang-Seok Chang  ;  Cheong Soo Park 
Citation
 ANNALS OF SURGICAL TREATMENT AND RESEARCH, Vol.86(5) : 227-231, 2014 
Journal Title
 ANNALS OF SURGICAL TREATMENT AND RESEARCH 
ISSN
 2288-6575 
Issue Date
2014
Keywords
Bronchogenic cyst ; Thyroid neoplasms
Abstract
PURPOSE: Although congenital bronchogenic cysts in the cervical region, especially in the thyroid or perithyroidal area, are rare, distinguishing them from other cervical cystic lesions (e.g., thyroglossal duct and branchial cleft cysts) and metastatic cervical lymph nodes is difficult preoperatively. Additionally, cystic degeneration of metastatic lymph nodes is common in patients with thyroid cancer. We investigated the clinical characteristics and proper treatment for individuals with cervical bronchogenic cysts. METHODS: Of the 18,900 patients treated for thyroid cancer, 18 patients with pathologically confirmed bronchogenic cysts were retrospectively reviewed. Bilateral total thyroidectomy or less than total thyroidectomy with central compartment node dissection, including cystic mass excision was done and cystic mass was confirmed by postoperative pathologic examination. RESULTS: All cervical bronchogenic cysts were asymptomatic. Their mean size was 1.2 cm (range, 0.3 to 3 cm). Of these 18 patients, 15 did not have any abnormal radiological findings, except for lymphadenopathy during preoperative evaluations. Most bronchogenic cysts were detected around the thyroid and paratracheal areas. On preoperative imaging and intraoperatively, most were indistinguishable from metastatic cervical lymph nodes or other cystic lesions. CONCLUSION: Although cervical bronchogenic cysts are rare and benign, they should be distinguished from other cystic cervical masses, especially metastatic cervical lymph nodes associated with thyroid cancer. Possible cervical bronchogenic cysts found during thyroid cancer evaluation or surgery should be surgically excised.
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DOI
10.4174/astr.2014.86.5.227
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Pathology (병리학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Surgery (외과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Seok Mo(김석모) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8070-0573
Park, Cheong Soo(박정수)
Lee, Yong Sang(이용상) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8234-8718
Chang, Hang Seok(장항석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5162-103X
Jun, Hak Hoon(전학훈)
Hong, Soon Won(홍순원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0324-2414
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/98736
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