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My sister says she has thyroglossal cyst . What is that?

My sister says she has thyroglossal cyst . What is that?

Thyroglossal cyst: A thyroglossal cyst (or thyroglossal duct cyst) is due to a congenital defect in which the embryonic tissue of the thyroid gland did not complete its process of differentiation in the normal manner. The defect is present at birth, but the symptoms of a nontender swelling in the midline in the front of the neck can develop at any time during life. Treatment is surgical removal of the cyst. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Son has thyroglossal cyst that flares only when he's sick. In between illnesses, it's completely invisible, even on u/s. Should this be removed? How?

Son has thyroglossal cyst that flares only when he's sick. In between illnesses, it's completely invisible, even on u/s. Should this be removed? How?

Yes : Scheduling an excision on an elective basis, it's less likely that he could have a serious bacterial infection of the area. ...Read more

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What is a thyroglossal cyst?

What is a thyroglossal cyst?

Rudimentary duct: Thyroglossal duct cyst is a rudimentary duct located at the dorsal base of the tongue at foramen coecum. It goes down to the thyroid cartilage. Usually it is asymptomatic but may get infected and interfere with swallowing, breathing, etc. The treatment is surgical and involves incision on the neck with removal of the entire cyst with the anterior portion of hyoid bone to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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How can I treat thyroglossal cyst ?

How can I treat thyroglossal cyst ?

Surgery: Thyroglossal duct cysts can not be treated with medicine and do not go away on their own. Cancers in thyroglossal duct cysts have also been reported. ...Read more

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What exactly is a thyroglossal cyst?

What exactly is a thyroglossal cyst?

Thyroglossal cyst: Is a cyst that forms from a persistent thyroglossal duct and usually presents as a midline neck lump that is usually painless and smooth. If infected pain can occur. There may be difficulty breathing or swallowing, especially if the lump becomes large. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for thyroglossal cyst ?

What do you recommend for thyroglossal cyst ?

See you doc: A thyroglossal duct cyst is a neck mass or lump that develops from cells and tissues remaining after the formation of the thyroid gland. It is most commonly diagnosed in childhood after an upper respiratory infection when it enlarges and becomes painful. Treatment can involve just simple antibiotics or, in some cases surgery. See your doc for an evaluation and to form a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can a thyroglossal cyst cause weight problems?

Can a thyroglossal cyst cause weight problems?

No: These are nuisance lesions that are left over from the descent of the gland from the mouth of the unborn child. Unless infection or surgery has destroyed the entire thyroid gland, which is very unlikely, look elsewhere for the cause of weight gain -- or as is most common, see what happens to your weight when you pursue some sort of exercise that you enjoy. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of thyroglossal cyst ?

What are the most common symptoms of thyroglossal cyst ?

Soft lump under chin: This is the most common finding...You may not have any symptom at all beside a lump, relatively soft/cystic, under your chin area. If infected, can cause pain. If grows too large, can cause trouble with swallowing and even breathing....So check with your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Thyroglossal cyst?

What is the definition or description of: Thyroglossal cyst?

Definition: A thyroglossal cyst is a fibrous cyst that forms from a persistent thyroglossal duct. It is a developmental anomaly. See an ENT doc for assessment. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal from thyroglossal cyst sistrunk procedure?

How long does it take to heal from thyroglossal cyst sistrunk procedure?

Fairly quickly: Within a week back to 80% and back to work. Completely healed about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Thyroglossal Cyst (Definition)

A thyroglossal cyst is a fibrous cyst that forms from a persistent thyroglossal duct. It is a developmental anomaly. See an ...Read more