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Case report
Neonatal airway obstruction due to a massive lingual foregut duplication cyst
  1. Sepehr Shabani1,
  2. Bradley J Cheek2,
  3. Katrin Post-Martens3 and
  4. Steven M Andreoli4
  1. 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, USA
  2. 2Department of Pediatric Pathology, Southeastern Pathology Associates, Jacksovilles, Florida, USA
  3. 3Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Department of Pediatric Anesthesia, Nemours Children's Health System, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  4. 4Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Nemours Children's Health System, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sepehr Shabani; sshabani{at}


Foregut duplication cysts (FDCs) are rare malformations arising along primitively derived alimentary tract. Head and neck cases comprise 0.3% of all FDCs with 60% occurring in the oral cavity. We present a case of neonatal airway obstruction secondary to a prenatally diagnosed massive lingual FDC. Definitive treatment requires surgical excision. Histologically, the cysts are lined gastric and respiratory epithelium. FDC should be a consideration in prenatally diagnosed masses affecting the oral cavity.

  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • neonatal intensive care
  • paediatrics
  • otolaryngology / ENT
  • head and neck surgery

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  • Contributors SS: project design, gathering data, manuscript write up. BJC: gathering data, manuscript review. KP-M: gathering data, manuscript review. SMA: project design, gathering data, manuscript write up.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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