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Emerg Med J. 2003 January; 20(1): 103–104.
PMCID: PMC1726001

First branchial cleft anomaly presenting as a recurrent post-auricular abscess


Failure to recognise these unusual cases may result in misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment, and subsequent recurrence. Further definitive surgery may thus be complicated. A case is reported of a patient who attended accident and emergency on three occasions with an infected post-auricular cyst, which was treated by incision and drainage. It was subsequently found to be a first branchial cleft anomaly.

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