Transoral robotic surgery for removal of a second branchial arch cyst: a case report

S Vidhyadharan, Suren Krishnan, Georgina King, Anthony Morley

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    Second branchial arch cysts are a common cause of cystic neck mass in adults. The type-IV variant of the second branchial arch cyst is uncommon and presents as a parapharyngeal space mass. It lies medial to the carotid sheath and it is not easily amenable to access by the traditional, trans-cervical approach to the parapharyngeal space. Trans-oral robotic surgery is a new application of the da Vinci robotic surgical system (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA). The system has only recently been approved by the FDA for trans-oral robotic resection of oropharyngeal cancers. The technology has since been used for new trans-oral applications, including resection of parapharyngeal space tumours. This is a case report of successful trans-oral robotic resection of a type IV second branchial arch cyst in the parapharyngeal space.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)349-353
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Robotic Surgery
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


    • Branchial arch cysts
    • Parapharyngeal space
    • Trans-oral robotic surgery


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