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Cystic disease/congenital anomalies

Bronchogenic cyst

Reviewers: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 26 August 2011, last major update August 2011
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● Arises from ectopic foregut; buds of developing embryonic lung become separated from the tracheobronchial tree before bronchi are formed, and may be lined by squamous, ciliated, or columnar epithelium
● May be intrapulmonary or extrapulmonary and are almost always independent of bronchi
● Relatively rare; most common site is posterior mediastinum at level of carina (eMedicine)
● Present as space occupying lesion, may compromise airway

Clinical images

Translucent round cyst behind the descending aorta

Micro description

● Lined by respiratory epithelium

Micro images

Lined by respiratory epithelium


● Positive for CK7, negative for CDX2 (Am J Clin Pathol 2008;130:265)

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