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

Sheung Fat Ko*, Ming Jang Hsieh, Jui Wei Lin, Chung Cheng Huang, Chih Chia Li, Yun Chung Cheung, Shu Hang Ng

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number5
StatePublished - 09 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Computed tomography
  • Esophageal bronchogenic cyst
  • Excision


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