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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 126-127

Multiple esophageal duplication cysts in a toddler: A rare scenario

1 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission21-Mar-2020
Date of Decision08-May-2020
Date of Acceptance07-Jul-2020
Date of Web Publication04-Mar-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yogesh Kumar Sarin
Department of Paediatric Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi - 110 002
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DOI: 10.4103/jiaps.JIAPS_67_20

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The foregut duplication cysts are rare congenital malformation and are usually “solitary” midline noncommunicating mediastinal structures. We present a 2-year-old asymptomatic boy having multiple noncommunicating foregut cysts in the neck as well as the thorax.

Keywords: Esophageal duplication cysts, foregut duplication cysts, multiple duplication cysts

How to cite this article:
Kumar P, Sarin YK. Multiple esophageal duplication cysts in a toddler: A rare scenario. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2021;26:126-7

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Kumar P, Sarin YK. Multiple esophageal duplication cysts in a toddler: A rare scenario. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Aug 19];26:126-7. Available from: https://www.jiaps.com/text.asp?2021/26/2/126/310665

   Introduction Top

Foregut duplication cysts are rare entities but fairly common in pediatric super-specialty center. They represent abnormal migration or buddings from the primitive foregut. Robison et al. were probably the first to report a child with multiple esophageal duplication cysts (two thoracic).[1] There are only a handful of case reports published since then. Cocker et al. reported congenital multiple foregut duplication cysts (2 thoracic and 1 gastric) excised at the age of 20 months.[2] Kang et al. reported multiple esophageal (2 thoracic) duplication cysts in a 53-year-old man.[3] The index case had three esophageal duplication cysts (1 cervical and 2 thoracic) that has not been reported hitherto.

   Case Report Top

A 2-year-old boy presented with a complaint of progressively increasing left cervical swelling for 3 months [Figure 1]a. There was no history of trauma, fever, or dysphagia. The swelling was mildly fluctuant without any local rise of temperature, nontender, nontransilluminant, noncompressible and was going deep behind the clavicle. The dark old hemorrhagic fluid was aspirated from the swelling elsewhere before admission with us that led us to suspect it to be a foregut cyst. The hematological and biochemical parameters were within the normal limits. Ultrasonography of the abdomen was done to rule out any co-existing multiple duplication cysts of the bowel. Computed tomography of the chest was done to look for exact dimensions of the cyst, but to our surprise, it revealed two more noncommunicating cysts in the thorax [Figure 1]b. The patient was planned for the excision of cysts. First, the cervical cyst was excised and then, the thoracic cysts were excised through left posterolateral thoracotomy through 4th intercostal space. Both the cysts were noncommunicating, though they shared a common muscular wall with the esophagus.
Figure 1: (a) Intra-operative left cervical swelling. (b) Computed tomography of the thorax image showing noncommunicating cysts

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All the cysts in the index case satisfied all the three histopathological criteria laid by Arbona et al.;[4] the cyst walls were focally lined by gastric mucosa with large areas of ulceration. The patient is doing well in follow-up for the past 2 years.

   Discussion Top

Foregut duplication cysts include enteric duplications and cysts (lined by intestinal epithelium), bronchogenic cysts (lined by respiratory epithelium), and neurenteric cysts (associated with vertebral anomalies or having a connection with the nervous system). These are usually mediastinal in location and are more common on the right side.

The symptoms depend on the precise location of the lesion and its surrounding pressure effects. It may include respiratory distress, chest pain, dysphagia, cardiac arrhythmias, recurrent respiratory infections, etc., or the cyst(s) may be asymptomatic as in our case. Even incidentally discovered and asymptomatic ones should be surgically treated in view of 75%–90% infection rate and rare chance of malignant transformation.

The differential diagnoses for neck swelling such as in the present patient include parapharngeal abscess, duplication cyst, lymphatic malformation, branchial cyst, thymic cyst, cervical bronchogenic cyst, etc., The possibility of the abscess was ruled out in view of the absence of signs of inflammation and normal laboratory parameters. Differential diagnoses that were entertained in this case included cervical lymphatic malformation with secondary bleeding or cervical foregut duplication cyst with ectopic mucosa. The bronchogenic cysts are usually located in the thorax, with a few case reports of ectopic location in the neck.

Kawashima et al. have recently tabulated 20 cases of solitary infantile cervical esophageal duplication cysts collected from available literature; most of them were symptomatic.[5] The clinical findings and radiological evaluation helped in guiding the surgical approach. Computed tomography scan was the mainstay of presurgical diagnosis; it helps in providing dimensions, anatomic relations to the vicinity of structure, and planning surgery.

The cyst puncture or aspiration should be avoided in the cervical duplication cyst as it may lead to respiratory compromise secondary to bleed from adjacent vessels. Surgery is curative, and no recurrence has been reported.[5]

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   References Top

Robison RJ, Pavlina PM, Scherer LR, Grosfeld JL. Multiple esophageal duplication cysts. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 1987;94:144-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
Cocker DM, Parikh D, Brown R. Multiple antenatally diagnosed foregut duplication cysts excised and the value of thoracoscopy in diagnosing small concurrent cysts. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2006;88:W8-10.  Back to cited text no. 2
Kang CU, Cho DG, Cho KD, Jo MS. Thoracoscopic stapled resection of multiple esophageal duplication cysts with different pathological findings. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2008;34:216-8.  Back to cited text no. 3
Arbona JL, Fazzi JG, Mayoral J. Congenital esophageal cysts: Case report and review of literature. Am J Gastroenterol 1984;79:177-82.  Back to cited text no. 4
Kawashima S, Segawa O, Kimura S, Tsuchiya M, Henmi N, Hasegawa H, et al. A case of cervical esophageal duplication cyst in a newborn infant. Surg Case Rep 2016;2:30.  Back to cited text no. 5


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