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Dr. Robert Kent
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Thyroglossal Cyst (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Robert Kent
34 doctors shared insights

Thyroglossal Cyst (Overview)

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.


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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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Treating Ganglion Cysts (Checklist)

Use over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen
Daily
Try not pop or squeeze the cyst
Once
If the cyst gets more painful, ask your doctor about possible drainage
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Can a thyroglossal cyst be diagnosed if at the time the ultrasound is done, the swelling has completely gone down due to antibiotic treatment?

Perhaps: As long as the thyroglossal duct cyst is a few millimeters in size it should be visible even if not palpable. However, why do you think that you have a thyroglossal duct cyst? Was this demonstrated before on ct or ultrasound? ...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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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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My son's thyroglossal cyst was detected since he was 7 years old. What is it and how can it be treated?

My son's thyroglossal cyst was detected since he was 7 years old. What is it and how can it be treated?

See below: A cyst over the duct connecting the root of tongue and thyroid gland is called thyroglossal duct cyst. Treatment will be the surgical resection of entire duct. ...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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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 ?

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

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