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Pediatric Branchial Cleft Abnormalities

What is a branchial cleft abnormality?

A branchial cleft abnormality is a mass of abnormally formed tissues within the neck. These tissues may form pockets called cysts that contain fluid, or they may form passages that drain to an opening in the skin surface called fistulas. Branchial cleft abnormalities are usually located near the front edge of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, which is the neck muscle that extends from the mastoid (jawbone) across to the clavicle (collarbone) and sternum (breastbone). Different types of branchial cleft abnormalities include the following:

  • Cysts or sinuses. These are deep tissue pockets or cavities containing fluid.
  • Fistulas. These are drainage passages from internal tissues to the skin surface.
  • What causes a branchial cleft abnormality in children?
  • What are the symptoms of a branchial cleft abnormality in children?
  • How is a branchial cleft abnormality in children diagnosed?
  • How is a branchial cleft abnormality in a child treated?
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