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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Thyroglossal Duct Cyst

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Why does a thyroglossal duct cyst shrink?

Why does a thyroglossal duct cyst shrink?

Thyroglossal cyst: The cystic cavity may drain its contents to the skin at any time. This in effect may cause it to "shrink" although the cyst itself is still present and the abnormal tissue cavity will likely refill itself. Most of these aren't found until adult life, and most present as infections. This cyst can extend from the tongue down into the neck and must be carefully evaluated and possibly removed. ...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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How can you remove a thyroglossal duct cyst?

How can you remove a thyroglossal duct cyst?

Sistrunk procedure.: Most patients are asleep for this surgery. An incision is made over the cyst. The cyst is removed plus its thin tract, which extends upward near the middle of a small bone called the hyoid, up into the deep muscles of the tongue. The central hyoid and a cuff of deep tongue muscle are removed to ensure the entire tract had been included. This method greatly lowers risk that cyst can reoccur. ...Read more

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What can I do about thyroglossal duct cyst?

What can I do about  thyroglossal duct cyst?

Have it removed: A thyroglossal duct cyst can be surgically removed. See your doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What can cause thyroglossal duct cyst recurrences?

What can cause thyroglossal duct cyst recurrences?

Cyst: Probably lack of complete removal at the first place. ...Read more

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What is involved with a thyroglossal duct cyst removal?

Surgery: Usually an outpatient procedure that involves a midline incision. The cyst, it's tract, and the middle part of the hyoid bone are removed. (search the sistrunk procedure). Most patients do quite well with the procedure. ...Read more

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Can you gain weight from a thyroglossal duct cyst removal?

Can you gain weight from a thyroglossal duct cyst removal?

No: The removal of the cyst does not effect your thyroid levels possibly your recovery kept you from being as active, thus leading to some weight gain. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child has a thyroglossal duct cyst.?

What do you suggest if my child has a thyroglossal duct cyst.?

Depends on situation: Over time these will usually become infected from germs descending from somewhere near the base of the tongue to the cyst.Elective removal by an ENT surgeon is often done beforehand, or may be needed more urgently if the cyst does become infected. ...Read more

Duct (Definition)

Is a channel leading from a gland or an organ, for example lactiferous duct leads from mammary gland to ...Read more