Branchial Cyst - Experience

Not ready to share? Read other Patient Comments

Please describe your personal experience with a branchial cyst.

Share your story with others:

MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.Patient Comments FAQs

Enter your Comment

Tell us a bit about your background to make your comments more useful to other MedicineNet users. (Optional)

Screen Name: *

Gender of Patient: Male Female

Age Range of Patient:

I am a: Patient Caregiver

* Screen Name will appear next to the published comment. Please do not include your full name or email address.

By submitting your comment, and other materials (collectively referred to as a "Submission") to MedicineNet, you grant MedicineNet permission to use, copy, transmit, publish, display, edit and modify your Submission in connection with its Web site. MedicineNet will not pay you for your Submission. You represent that you have all rights necessary for MedicineNet to use your Submission as set forth above.

Please keep these guidelines in mind when writing your comment:

  • Please make sure you address the question asked.
  • Due to the overwhelming number of comments received, not all comments will be published.
  • When selecting comments to publish, our staff will choose those that are educational and complement the topic. Please try to stay on topic.
  • Your comment may be edited. We would typically edit comments to make them clearer and more readable. We will remove personal information such as last names, email and web addresses, and other potentially harmful information.
  • We will not notify you if your comment has been published. We suggest that you check back on the topic article regularly.
  • We do not provide medical or healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis.

Thank you for participating!

I have read and agree to abide by the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and the MedicineNet Privacy Policy (required).

To prevent our systems from spam, please complete the following prior to submitting your comment.

Please select the white triangle:

What is a branchial cyst?

A branchial cyst is a cavity that is a congenital remnant from embryologic development. It is present at birth on one side of the neck and is located just in front of the large angulated muscle on either side of the neck running from just behind the ear down to the clavicle (collarbone). This muscle is called the sternocleidomastoid muscle. The cyst may not be recognized until adolescence as it enlarges its oval shape. Such a sinus tract may either have a small dimple or skin tag at the opening. The cyst is a smooth, soft and nontender structure.

A branchial cyst is also called branchial cleft cyst.

Return to Branchial Cyst

See what others are saying

Comment from: 55-64 (Patient) Published: December 30

I am a 55 year old woman who noticed one day that a lump popped out of the right side of my neck. I went to the emergency room in which I was kept from 10:00 pm until 4:00 pm the following day. They did an ultra-sound and a CT scan and they drained the fluid from the cyst. At that time they told me they thought it was a second branchial cleft cyst. When I was born I had a cyst on the left side of my neck which was removed when I was 5 years old. I was referred to an ENT specialist who did a biopsy on it and it was inconclusive. I ended up having the cyst removed. It has been 3 weeks since my surgery. I have a 3 1/2 inch cut on my right side of my neck and part of my face is still numb. They did a biopsy on the cyst which came out fine.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Me, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I am 55. I thought I had a swollen gland that started with a cold. The 'swollen gland' didn't go away and I had a daytime cough that morphed and persisted for almost 4 months. I went to an ENT. After an MRI and fine needle aspiration, diagnosis was branchial cleft cyst of the 3rd kind. Mass size was almost 2 inches by 1 inch. Within 2 days after draining fluid from the cyst, the cough almost disappeared. But soon crept back. Theory is, the cyst was pressing on my nerves causing the cough. I had removal surgery just 4 days ago. All went fine. I had no need for any painkillers since. No signs of numbness anywhere. And the coughing seemed to subside.

Was this comment helpful?Yes


Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors