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Resident's Forum
March 2010

Adrenal and Pancreatic Presentation of Subdiaphragmatic Retroperitoneal Bronchogenic Cysts

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Surgery (Drs El Youssef and Sheppard) and Endocrinology (Dr Fleseriu), Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.



Arch Surg. 2010;145(3):302-304. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2010.12

Bronchogenic cysts are aberrations of normal development throughout the embryonic foregut; abdominal or retroperitoneal presentations are rare. They will often present a diagnostic dilemma because their appearance can mimic other, more common diagnoses. The initial work-up, differential diagnosis, management, and follow-up may present clinical challenges. We present 1 case of an adrenal lesion and 1 case of a pancreatic lesion that were revealed to be retroperitoneal bronchogenic cysts after surgical extirpation.