Ganglion cyst of the spinal anterior longitudinal ligament presenting as a retropharyngeal mass

Am J Otolaryngol. 2002 Nov-Dec;23(6):390-3. doi: 10.1053/ajot.2002.126323.


Cervical spinal synovial and/or ganglion cysts can occur at various periarticular sites and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intraspinal-extradural or paraspinal masses of the cervical spine. The first report of a ganglion cyst of the cervical anterior longitudinal ligament presenting as a retropharyngeal mass, is presented. The histopathology, etiology, and clinical aspects of synovial and ganglion cysts of the cervical spine are briefly reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cervical Vertebrae / pathology
  • Cysts / diagnosis*
  • Cysts / pathology
  • Cysts / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Ganglia, Spinal / pathology*
  • Ganglia, Spinal / surgery
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Ligaments / pathology*
  • Longitudinal Ligaments / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / pathology