Cystic and solid heterotopic brain in the face and neck: a review and report of an unusual case

J Pediatr Surg. 1990 Jul;25(7):766-8. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(05)80015-6.


An unusual case of heterotopic brain tissue was confused as a lymphangioma in the neck. Although these lesions are rare, they should be included in the differential diagnosis of congenital head and neck masses. They can compress and deform surrounding structures and cause airway obstruction in the newborn. Excision is curative, but the possibility of encephalocele should be eliminated by prior computed tomography scan.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain*
  • Choristoma / diagnosis*
  • Choristoma / pathology
  • Choristoma / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Face
  • Glioma / diagnosis
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / pathology
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lymphangioma / diagnosis*
  • Male
  • Nose Neoplasms / diagnosis