The aetiology of lateral cervical (branchial) cysts: past and present theories.

@article{Golledge1994TheAO,
  title={The aetiology of lateral cervical (branchial) cysts: past and present theories.},
  author={J Golledge and Harold A. Ellis},
  journal={The Journal of laryngology and otology},
  year={1994},
  volume={108 8},
  pages={
          653-9
        }
}
Four theories have been suggested to explain the aetiology of lateral cervical cysts. Ascherson (1832) suggested that the cysts arose due to incomplete obliteration of branchial cleft mucosa, which remained dormant until stimulated to grow later in life. His (1886) suggested these cysts were vestiges of the precervical sinus. Wenglowski (1912) believed lateral cervical cysts developed from the third pharyngeal pouch (thymopharyngeal duct). A number of investigators during the 19th century noted… CONTINUE READING

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