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Branchial cyst surgery. Operation to remove a branchial (or branchial cleft) cyst from a patient's neck. This is a condition caused when the second branchial cleft, a structure that is normally lost in the embryo, fails to break down during development. The resulting cyst often causes no symptoms until early adulthood. Cysts can become infected or inflamed.
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