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Clinical Note
May 2003

Cervical Thoracic Duct Cysts: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Brauchle and Pereira) and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Drs Risen and Ghorbani), Hermann Hospital, University of Texas–Houston Medical School. The authors have no relevant financial interest in this article.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(5):581-583. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.5.581

Thoracic duct cysts are uncommon entities that most commonly occur in the abdominal and thoracic segments of the thoracic duct; the rarest reported location is the cervical segment. The first case of a cervical thoracic duct cyst was reported in 1964,1 and a review of the literature that was published in 1999 identified only 10 such cases.2 We describe a patient with a thoracic duct cyst, review the relevant literature, and discuss the characteristics, treatment, and diagnosis of these lesions.

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