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July 1979

Cutaneous Ciliated Cyst of the Chin: Probable Bronchogenic Cyst

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, Kings County Hospital Center, and State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. Dr Rosen is now with the Department of Pathology, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(7):895-896. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010070061029

Cutaneous bronchogenic cysts are rare lesions that thus far have been reported to occur in the regions of the lower part of the neck,1 sternum, and shoulders.2,3 We report a case herein of a cutaneous ciliated cyst, occurring on the chin, that is compatible with bronchogenic cysts. Bronchogenic cysts have not been previously reported to occur at this site, to our knowledge.

Report of a Case  A 1-year-old boy had a small, painless cystic swelling, of a few months' duration, on his chin. The cyst was excised.

Pathologic Findings  The resected specimen consisted of an elliptical piece of skin with a unilocular subcutaneous cyst, measuring 0.6 × 0.5 cm, that contained cloudy gelatinous fluid.Microscopic examination showed a cyst that was lined with ciliated pseudostratified columnar epithelium, predominantly of respiratory type, and squamous epithelium. Occasional groups of mucus glands and smooth muscle bundles were present in the wall.

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