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  • 13/05/2016

Laparoscopic management of a pediatric bronchogenic cyst in a 6-year-old boy

Epublication, May 2016;16(05). URL:
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We report the case of a 6-year-old boy who presented with an infectious bronchopulmonary episode during which a plain anterior chest X-ray was performed. The X-ray showed an opacity at the right apex. A thoracic CT-scan allowed to demonstrate the presence of a right superior and posterior mediastinal cystic structure, which could be either a non-communicating cystic duplication of the esophagus, or a bronchogenic cyst. The 3D CT-scan image modeling analysis allowed the surgeon to become familiar with a benign superior mediastinal cystic tumor including its surrounding anatomical structures. The tumor was immediately found above the arch of the azygos vein laterally to the superior vena cava and to the right phrenic nerve, and anteriorly to the right vagus nerve. The resection was performed thoracoscopically, without any difficulty after a small opening of the mediastinal pleura in order to provide direct access to the paramedian cyst. Pathological findings demonstrated the presence of a bronchogenic cyst without any communication with the airway tree or the esophagus. Postoperative outcomes were uneventful and the patient was rapidly discharged from hospital.