Skip to content Skip to navigation

Congenital midline cervical cleft: A report of 3 cases

| Reprints
February 1, 2006
by Ronald M. Smith, Jr., MD; Patrick C. Barth, MD; Jasper Castillo, MD; Brad Millman, MD; W. Edward Wood, MD
Congenital midline cervical cleft is a rare anomaly of the anterior neck. The diagnosis is typically made on the basis of the lesion's characteristic clinical presentation at birth. It appears to occur as a result of a failure of fusion of the paired second branchial arches in the midline during embryogenesis. Surgical intervention is necessary to avoid potential long-term complications, such as contractures and limitation of neck mobility. We present 3 cases of congenital midline cervical cleft, and we discuss the embryology, presentation, and surgical management of this unusual condition.

ENT Journal provides full text articles to our registered members.
Please log in or sign up for a FREE membership to view the full content:

You may also like to: