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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 951040, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/951040
Case Report

Congenital Midline Cervical Cleft: Diagnosis, Pathologic Findings, and Early Stage Treatment

1Department of Surgery, Karamandanion Children’s Hospital, 26331 Patras, Greece
2Department of Pediatric Surgery, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
3Department of Pathology, University General Hospital of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
4Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, University General Hospital of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece

Received 26 July 2012; Accepted 6 September 2012

Academic Editors: N. Arslan and I. J. Griffin

Copyright © 2012 Xenophon Sinopidis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Congenital midline cervical cleft is a very uncommon malformation of the anterior neck, with less than 100 cases reported in medical literature. Herein we present a case of a female neonate with this anomaly. A detailed description of the macroscopic and microscopic characteristics is performed. As it is derived from the natural history of the lesion, prompt clinical diagnosis, and operative treatment during early infancy predispose to a better aesthetic and functional prognosis.