Second branchial fistula with unusual presentation—A case report

Authors

  • Siu-Kwan Ng FRCS.Ed (ORL),

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
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  • Michael C. F. Tong MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
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  • Charles A. van Hasselt MMED (Otol)

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
    • Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ngan Shing Street, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong, SAR
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  • The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Abstract

Complete second branchial fistula is a rare clinical entity. The classical presentation of second branchial fistula is recurrent discharge from the external opening with or without recurrent painful neck swelling. We report an unusual case whose presenting symptom was a long-standing history of throat discomfort with recurrent blood stained saliva. Her symptoms resolved after her branchial fistula was excised.

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