Prenatal diagnosis of a bronchogenic cyst in an unusual site

P. Bagolan, E. Bilancioni, A. Nahom, A. Trucchi, A. Inserra, M. Neri, V. Spina, C. Giorlandino

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We report a rare case of a subdiaphragmatic cyst, diagnosed prenatally during routine ultrasound screening at 25 weeks' gestation. Serial ultrasonographic evaluation demonstrated a slight increase in the size of the cyst during pregnancy. On the basis of the anatomic site and the sonographic features of the lesion, four diagnosic hypotheses were postulated: cystic neuroblastoma, adrenal hemorrhage, duplication of the inferior third of the esophagus and retroperitoneal cystic lymphangioma. A healthy baby, weighing 3300 g and with Apgar scores of 8 and 9, was delivered vaginally at term. He underwent successful surgery at the age of 3 months. The postoperative course was uneventful and the baby is currently doing well. Histology revealed a bronchogenic cyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-68
Number of pages3
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Bronchogenic cyst
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Intra-abdominal cyst
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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