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Non-neoplastic or metabolic disease

Cartilaginous rest

Reviewers: Dariusz Borys, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 7 June 2012, last major update June 2012
Copyright: (c) 2003-2012, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.


● Also known as wattle, cervical auricle, persistent branchial cartilage and cervical tab
● Represents abnormal development of embryonic branchial apparatus
● Usually present at birth as asymptomatic skin colored subcutaneous nodules, typically located on lower third of neck

Case reports

● 3 year old boy in neck (The Internet Journal of Surgery 2007;10(1))
● 6 year old boy in neck (Arch Pathol Lab Med 2003;127:e438)

Clinical images

3 year old boy

Micro images

Cartilage with adjacent hair follicles

End of Bone > Non-neoplastic or metabolic disease > Cartilaginous rest

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