A branchial cleft abnormality is a cluster of abnormally formed tissue in the neck. Branchial cleft abnormalities may form:
Branchial cleft abnormalities are usually found in front of the large muscles on either the side of the neck.
This health problem can cause local infections that keep coming back. This may happen when your child has another infection, like a cold, cough, or sore throat.
These are the most common symptoms of a branchial cleft abnormality:
The symptoms of a brachial cleft abnormality can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
This health problem may be seen at birth. Or it may be noticed when your child is older.
To diagnose the problem, your child’s healthcare provider will ask you questions about your child’s health history and current symptoms. He or she will examine your child, paying close attention to his or her neck. A branchial cleft abnormality may not be noticed unless it becomes infected and is painful.
Diagnostic tests may include:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
A branchial cleft abnormality will not go away without treatment. Treatment may include:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: