Branchial cleft anomalies: accuracy of pre-operative diagnosis, clinical presentation and management
The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 06/15/2012
Guldfred LA et al. – As pre–operative diagnosis has a positive predictive value of 86 per cent, cystic lesions in the neck should be presumed to be carcinomatous until proven otherwise. Branchial fistulae and sinuses seem to be a disease of childhood, while branchial cysts occur mainly in adults. Branchial cleft anomalies are equally frequent in men and women, and equally distributed on the left and right side of the neck.