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Branchial cleft anomalies: accuracy of pre-operative diagnosis, clinical presentation and management.
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PMID:  22494467     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective:To examine the accuracy of the pre-operative diagnosis of branchial cleft anomalies, and also to describe their occurrence, clinical presentation and management.Methods:Retrospective review of the records of patients diagnosed with a branchial cleft anomaly between 1997 and 2006.Results:One hundred and twenty-six patients were included. Pre-operative diagnosis had a positive predictive value of 0.856 (95 per cent confidence interval, 0.771-0.918) and a sensitivity of 0.944 (95 per cent confidence interval, 0.869-0.979). These patients' demographic data, investigations, findings and management are presented, along with a possible strategy for dealing with solitary cystic masses in the neck.Conclusion:As pre-operative diagnosis has a positive predictive value of 86 per cent, cystic lesions in the neck should be presumed to be carcinomatous until proven otherwise. Branchial fistulae and sinuses seem to be a disease of childhood, while branchial cysts occur mainly in adults. Branchial cleft anomalies are equally frequent in men and women, and equally distributed on the left and right side of the neck.
L-A Guldfred; B B Philipsen; C Siim
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-7     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Otolaryngology, Roskilde County Hospital, Denmark.
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