Midline cervical cleft

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Midline cervical cleft
a)Congenital midline cervical cleft b)closure of defect by Z-plasty technique c) 6 months after

Midline cervical clefts are a rare congenital anomaly resulting from incomplete fusion during embryogenesis of the first and second branchial arches in the ventral midline of the neck. The condition presents as a midline cutaneous defect of the anterior neck with a skin projection or sinus, or as a subcutaneous erythematous fibrous cord. Surgical excision is the preferred treatment.[1][2]

See also


  1. Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 978-1-4160-2999-1.
  2. Remukaswamy, G.M.; Soma, M.A.; Hartley, B.E. (2009). "Midline cervical cleft: a rare congenital anomaly". Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 118 (11): 786–90. doi:10.1177/000348940911801107. PMID 19999364. S2CID 208240673.