Research Article

Handedness and the side on which pharyngeal pouches occur.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: (Published 17 March 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:815
  1. N D Stafford,
  2. V Moore-Gillon,
  3. P McKelvie


    Pharyngeal pouches present far more commonly on the left side of the neck than the right. Sixty one patients with a history of pharyngeal pouch were questioned about their handedness and about whether they had had symptoms or signs predominantly on one side of the neck before receiving treatment. There was a highly significant association between handedness and pharyngeal pouches on the opposite side of the neck. It is suggested that this is the reason for the rarity of right sided pouches.