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Infected bronchogenic cyst causing dysphagia and retrosternal pain


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Eva Bjerre Søndergaard, MD, Hyttesvinget 27, 2665 Vallensbæk Strand, Denmark. Tel: +45 26824242, Fax: +45 35452182, email:


Bronchogenic cysts are congenital. They are typically discovered in infancy or early childhood. Secondary infection of the cyst is uncommon. We present the case of a 17-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with intermediate onset of upper abdominal, and retrosternal chest pain and fever. Subsequent X-ray and computerised tomography scan showed a bronchogenic cyst. The patient underwent subacute thoracotomy where a bronchogenic cyst filled with pus was located and excised. Bronchogenic cysts can be a rare cause of retrosternal pain.

Please cite this paper as: Søndergaard EB, Pedersen JH and Kleive D. Infected bronchogenic cyst causing dysphagia and retrosternal pain. Clin Respir J 2013; 7: e1–e2.