Head and Neck Oncology


Upile T, Jerjes W, Al-Khawalde M, Kafas P, Frampton S, Gray A, Addis B, Sandison A, Patel N, Sudhoff H, Radhi H. Branchial cysts within the parotid salivary gland. Head Neck Oncol. 2012 May 18;4(1):24.


Cystic lesions within the parotid gland are uncommon and clinically they are frequently misdiagnosed as tumours. Many theories have been proposed as to their embryological origin. A 20-year retrospective review was undertaken of all pathological codes (SNOMED) of all of patients presenting with any parotid lesions requiring surgery. After analysis seven subjects were found to have histopathologically proven parotid branchial cysts in the absence of HIV infection and those patients are the aim of this review. Four of the most common embryological theories are also discussed with regard to these cases, as are their management.

Corresponding Author

Tahwinder Upile (mrtupile@yahoo.com) - Hani Radhi (hani_hadi79@hotmail.com)