Key points about a branchial cleft abnormality in children
- A branchial cleft abnormality is a cluster of abnormally formed tissue in the neck.
- A branchial cleft abnormality is a birth defect. It happens when the neck tissue doesn't form as it should during the early stages of an embryo’s development.
- This condition is diagnosed by a physical exam. Diagnostic tests include ultrasound and CT scans.
- Branchial cleft abnormalities are often small. But they can become large enough to cause trouble swallowing and breathing. Repeated infections are common.
- Treatment may include antibiotics for infections and surgery to remove the tissue.
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