A rare cause of wheezing in infancy

J Pediatr Surg. 2006 Jun;41(6):e35-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2006.02.037.


We describe an infant with recurrent wheezing and cough caused by an oropharyngeal cyst. Mucosal oropharyngeal cysts arise from obstruction or traumatic severance of a duct in a minor salivary gland, which leads to retention of mucous secretion . The mucosal cyst of the oropharynx is a rare cause of respiratory distress in the infants. The clinical symptoms depend on the size, shape, and location of the cyst.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cough / etiology*
  • Cysts / complications*
  • Cysts / diagnosis
  • Cysts / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Mouth Diseases / complications*
  • Mouth Diseases / diagnosis
  • Mouth Diseases / surgery
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / complications*
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / surgery
  • Respiratory Sounds / etiology*
  • Treatment Outcome