This is a report of a heretofore undescribed sign which provided a clue to the diagnosis of a retrotracheal bronchogenic cyst 1-6 in a 12-month-old Chinese-American girl.
Report of a Case
Case 1.—The patient was born Feb 11, 1960 and was seen on Feb 6, 1961 because of an acute respiratory infection of five days' duration with low grade fever, coryza, and a weak infrequent cough. She had suffered recurrent upper respiratory infection (URI's) since she was 2 weeks of age. At 9 months of age she was hospitalized for treatment of acute febrile bronchitis. A chest film taken in the hospital was reported as negative, but actually the lateral view revealed a thin oval tumor between the trachea and esophagus (Fig 1).The patient was a well-developed, well-nourished, apprehensive 1-year-old girl. Her rectal temperature was 99.6 F (37.6 C). Her blood pressure, femoral pulses, and vital signs were normal.