An intra-thyroidal branchial cyst: a case report

Aust N Z J Surg. 1992 Oct;62(10):826-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1992.tb06931.x.


Branchial cleft cysts were previously thought not to occur in the thyroid but have recently been described in two patients with Hashimoto's disease. This case report describes a patient with a branchial cleft cyst in an otherwise normal thyroid gland and could provide further evidence that thyroidal follicular cells are derived from the branchial clefts as well as from the primitive gut.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Branchioma / pathology*
  • Epithelium / pathology
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Keratins / analysis
  • Thyroglobulin / analysis
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / pathology*


  • Keratins
  • Thyroglobulin