Cervical thymic cysts

Hongzhao Ji, Eric Gantwerker

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Thymic cysts are rarely occurring benign neck masses, most frequently seen in children. They are remnants of the third and fourth branchial pouches. They may occur at any point along the thymic tract, though they have a predilection for the left side of the neck, often deep in the neck. Patients often present with compressive symptoms. Treatment is surgical excision. Care must be taken, however, to confirm the presence of thoracic thymic tissue before excision of this neck lesion. On histology, they are defined by the presence of thymic parenchyma and Hassal corpuscles in the cyst wall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-189
Number of pages7
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Congenital cysts
  • Congenital neck mass
  • Mediastinal cysts
  • Mediastinal masses
  • Neck mass
  • Thymic cyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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