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Rare disease
Cervical ectopic thymic cyst: a rare preoperative diagnosis
  1. Anupama Tandon1,
  2. Rajesh Tandon2,
  3. M Chandrashekhar2,
  4. Poonam Das3,
  5. Bhavna Bansal2,
  6. Nalin Bhatia4
  1. 1Radiology and Imaging Department, UCMS & GTB Hospital, Delhi, India
  2. 2Histopathology Department, Max superspecialty hospital, New Delhi, India
  3. 3Lab Medicine Department, Max superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi, India
  4. 4Pathology Department, Max superspecialty Hospital, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rajesh Tandon, rajesh.tandon{at}


We present a case of a 5-year-old child with a painless swelling on the neck. Imaging revealed a multilocular cystic lesion lying in close proximity to carotid vessels. Based on imaging a possibility of ectopic thymic cyst was considered, which was confirmed on histopathology. Ectopic cervical cyst is an infrequent cause of neck cyst in a child which is rarely diagnosed preoperatively.

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