Bronchogenic cyst of the esophagus: clinical and imaging features of seven cases

Department of Radiology, Chang Gung University, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Kaohsiung, Niaosung, Kaohsiung Hsien, Taiwan. <>
Clinical Imaging (Impact Factor: 0.81). 09/2006; 30(5):309-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2006.02.003
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Seven unusual cases of esophageal bronchogenic cyst (EBC) are presented. Different from mediastinal or pulmonary bronchogenic cysts, EBCs predominately affect young women (six out of seven cases; mean age, 29.9 years), and clinically, such cases were characterized by dysphagia and chest pain, especially during exercise. On radiographs and computed tomographs, EBCs typically appeared as 3- to 4-cm midthoracic cystic masses close abutting to the midthoracic esophagus. Rarely, exophytic lower thoracic EBC may mimic lung nodule. Total cyst excision usually offers satisfactory outcome with no recurrence in long-term follow-up.

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