T HE EXISTENCE of branchial cleft carcinoma is not unanimously accepted although Volkmann1 in 1882 proposed this concept of origin for a certain number of carcinomas arising in the lateral aspects of the neck. Reviewing 250 cases published in the world literature until 1950, Martin et al2 concluded that none of these cases were properly documented as to origin, and proceeded to establish criteria for proper diagnosis of branchial cleft carcinoma. Since then, eight cases,3-8 all with apparently acceptable evidence of branchial origin, have been reported, although a complete postmortem examination was not done at the termination of any of these cases. Because there are still controversies concerning the existence of a carcinoma arising in the wall of a branchial cleft cyst, the autopsy findings in the following case are presented.
Report of a Case
A 59-year-old white man had a huge cervical mass in the left
Katubig C, Damjanov I. Branchial Cleft Carcinoma. Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(5):750–751. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020752014
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