Conditions & Treatments

Branchial Cleft Cyst

A branchial cleft cyst is a lump that develops in the neck or just below the collarbone during embryological formation. It is a type of birth defect.


  • Small pits, lumps, or skin tags at either side of the neck or just below the collarbone
  • Fluid drainage from a pit on the neck 


  • Antibiotics are given if infection is present. 
  • Surgical removal
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