Skip to main content

Radiographic diagnosis of tonsillar cyst presenting as dysphagia


Tonsillar retention cysts are common and most often asymptomatic. The radiographic demonstration of a retention cyst in a symptomatic patient is reported. Emphasis should be placed on the oropharynx during barium swallow examinations in appropriately symptomatic patients. Tonsillar retention cysts should be included in the differential diagnosis of mass lesions in this area.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.


  1. Ash JE, Raum M: Tumors of tonsils. In:An Atlas of Otolaryngic Pathology 4th Ed. Washington, D.C.: Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 1956, pp 286–287

    Google Scholar 

  2. Mawson S: Diseases of the tonsils and adenoids excluding neoplasms. In:J Ballantyne J Groves (eds)Scott-Brown's Diseases of the Ear, Nose and Throat 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott Co, 1972, pp 103–146

    Google Scholar 

  3. DeWeese DD Saunders WH:Textbook of Otolaryngology 5 th Ed. St. Louis: CV Mosby Co, 1977, pp 36, 67

    Google Scholar 

  4. Guggenheim P: Cysts of the nasopharynx.Laryngoscope 77:2147–2168, 1967

    PubMed  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Twigg, H.L., Kinnison, M.L. & Smirniotopoulos, J.G. Radiographic diagnosis of tonsillar cyst presenting as dysphagia. Gastrointest Radiol 6, 305–306 (1981).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Accepted:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

Key words

  • Oropharynx, abnormalities
  • Tonsillar cyst