Diagnosis and surgical treatment of bronchogenic cysts

Chin Med Sci J. 1995 Mar;10(1):61-2.


Between 1974 and 1993, 22 patients with bronchogenic cysts were operated on in our hospital; there were 14 men and 8 women, ranging in age from 11 to 62 years. The cyst locations were mediastinal in 13 (59.1%) and intrapulmonary in 9 (40.9%). There were symptoms (chest pain and recurrent bronchiolitis) in 20 patients (91%). The preoperative complications included infection in the lung and in the cyst and dysphagia due to esophageal compression. Chest pain was the main symptom in mediastinal cyst and recurrent infection of lung in intrapulmonary cyst. Plain chest radiograms showed that a round shadow, occasional air-fluid levels, and peripheral calcification may be found in cysts. An operation is the best treatment for cysts. All cysts were completely excised. No postoperative complications, late complications, or recurrence developed in our patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bronchogenic Cyst / congenital
  • Bronchogenic Cyst / diagnosis*
  • Bronchogenic Cyst / surgery*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged