Congenital Heterotopic Gastrointestinal Cyst of the Tongue in a New-born: Case Report

Fadekemi Olufunmilayo Oginni, Ramat Oyebunmi Braimah, Taoreed Oladejo, Taiwo Anthony Adenekan


Heterotopic gastrointestinal cyst is an extremely rare clinical entity in the head and neck region. It
is a rare cyst in the oral cavity containing gastric or intestinal mucosa. We report a case of
heterotopic gastrointestinal cyst of the tongue in a Nigerian male neonate who presented with a
sublingual mass at birth, initial excessive salivation and difficulty with feeding. He was managed
conservatively till three months old. Surgical excision was carried out under general anaesthesia
and microscopic examination revealed gastric mucosa and parakeratinized stratified squamous
epithelial lining along the cyst lining. Recovery was uneventful with no recurrence up to date.


Heterotopic, Gastrointestinal; Cyst; Tongue; Newborn;

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