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Report of a complete second branchial fistula

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August 1, 2010
by Mohammad Habibullah Khan, MRCSI, DOHNS, Heitham Gheriani, FRCSI, FRCSEd, and Aongus James Curran, MD, FRCSI


We report a case of complete congenital branchial fistula with an internal opening near the tonsillar fossa. Cysts, fistulas, and sinuses of the second branchial cleft are the most common developmental anomalies arising from the branchial apparatus. In our case, a 43-year-old man presented with a several-year history of a discharging sinus from the right side of his neck, consistent with a branchial fistula. He underwent various investigations and finally was treated with a one-stage complete surgical excision of the fistula tract. We describe the general clinical presentation, investigations, and surgical outcome of this case.

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