Persistent pharyngeal pouch derivatives in the neonate

J Pediatr Surg. 1983 Jun;18(3):230-4. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(83)80090-6.


Internal branchial sinuses are rare compared to other branchial anomalies. A case is described in which such a sinus presented as an air-containing inflammatory lateral neck mass in a neonate and evidence is presented to support the theory that this originated from the fourth pharyngeal pouch. Review of six similar cases from the literature shows this to be a well-defined clinical entity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Branchial Region / anatomy & histology*
  • Branchioma / embryology*
  • Branchioma / etiology
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / embryology*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / etiology
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Pharynx / abnormalities
  • Pharynx / embryology*