Prenatal diagnosis of a bronchogenic cyst in an unusual site

Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Jan;15(1):66-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1469-0705.2000.00022.x.


We report a rare case of a subdiaphragmatic cyst, diagnosed prenatally during routine ultrasound screening at 25 weeks' gestation. Serial ultrasonographic evaluation demonstrated a slight increase in the size of the cyst during pregnancy. On the basis of the anatomic site and the sonographic features of the lesion, four diagnostic hypotheses were postulated: cystic neuroblastoma, adrenal hemorrhage, duplication of the inferior third of the esophagus and retroperitoneal cystic lymphangioma. A healthy baby, weighing 3300 g and with Apgar scores of 8 and 9, was delivered vaginally at term. He underwent successful surgery at the age of 3 months. The post-operative course was uneventful and the baby is currently doing well. Histology revealed a bronchogenic cyst.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen*
  • Adult
  • Anthropometry / methods
  • Bronchogenic Cyst / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bronchogenic Cyst / embryology
  • Bronchogenic Cyst / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Pregnancy
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods*