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Articles

Vol. 2 No. 1 (2013)

Hypoglossal Nerve Palsy in the Presence of a Branchial Cyst

  • David J. Black
Submitted
June 2, 2020
Published
2013-05-06

Abstract

We present an unusual case of a 20-year-old woman with a left-sided infected branchial cyst causing an ipsilateral 12th nerve palsy. This resolved upon excision of the cyst. Branchial cysts, infected or otherwise, should be high in the differential of a lateral cystic neck mass. This and other cases discussed demonstrate that the presence of cranial nerve palsies does not necessarily indicate a neoplastic cause.