Bronchogenic cysts: a persistent dilemma

J. A. Cartmill, C. F. Hughes*

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Bronchogenic cysts are congenital lesions of the respiratory tract. Athough usually benign, they have the potential to develop complications and can pose a dilemma in diagnosis and treatment. Twenty patients who presented to the cardiothoracic surgical unit at royal prince alfred hospital over a 10 year period are reported. Symptoms were common (75%) but serious complications were rare (5%). Most cysts were excised completely at thoracotomy with minimal morbidity. The correct diagnosis was established pre‐operatively in less than half of the patients. Therefore excision is recommended to confirm the diagnosis, to exclude malignancy and to minimize possible complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-256
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • bronchogenic cyst
  • radiological diagnosis
  • surgical excision.


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