Conditions & Treatments

Bronchogenic Cyst

Relatively rare, bronchogenic cysts are cystic lesions of the mediastinum, or the middle section of the chest cavity. They can be life-threatening in infants and small children as they can compress the airway.

May be associated with:

  • Cardiac and pericardiac anomalies
  • Usually isolated

Problems that can occur from Bronchogenic Cysts:

  • Airway compression 
  • Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing
  • Infection
  • Respiratory problems


  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever from infection


  • Surgery
  • Thoracotomy
  • Thorascopy assisted surgery
  • In all cases, the surgeon gains access to the chest cavity and removes the cyst
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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