Bronchopulmonary foregut malformations presenting as mass lesions in children: spectrum of imaging findings

Diagn Interv Radiol. 2010 Jun;16(2):153-61. doi: 10.4261/1305-3825.DIR.2063-08.2. Epub 2009 Oct 9.


Bronchopulmonary foregut malformations are a heterogeneous but interrelated group of abnormalities that may contain more than one histologic feature. Familiarity with the presentation and imaging features of bronchopulmonary foregut malformations presenting as a congenital mass or mass-like lesion is important. Moreover, imaging plays a central role in the evaluation of these lesions since, when symptomatic, clinical features are usually nonspecific. With imaging, the presence of and features of the lesion can be determined, facilitating appropriate management to prevent the potential complications including infection, respiratory compromise and, very rarely, malignancy.

MeSH terms

  • Aorta, Abdominal / diagnostic imaging
  • Aorta, Thoracic / diagnostic imaging
  • Bronchogenic Cyst / complications
  • Bronchogenic Cyst / diagnostic imaging*
  • Child
  • Congenital Abnormalities / diagnostic imaging
  • Contrast Media
  • Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation of Lung, Congenital / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation of Lung, Congenital / embryology
  • Esophagus / abnormalities
  • Esophagus / diagnostic imaging
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lung / abnormalities
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods


  • Contrast Media