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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 big should a thyroglossal duct cyst be, before canadcy for surgery? In an adult male

How big should a thyroglossal duct cyst be, before canadcy for surgery? In an adult male

Well..: There might not be a need for surgery only if there is absolutely no suspicion that they have a cancer, or if they are not growing.
If they are uncomfortable they should also come out. Otherwise you can follow them every 6 months with ultrasound and if there are changes, then remove them ...Read more

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My 9 month old grandson was confirmed with a thyroglossal duct cyst. Has to have surgery to remove it and the hyoid bone will his speach be effected?

My 9 month old grandson was confirmed with a thyroglossal duct cyst. Has to have surgery to remove it and the hyoid bone will his speach be effected?

Extremely low: The risk of nerve injury is small and under the vast majority of these surgeries the voice is not affected. The surgery should be performed by a board certified pediatric ENT doctor. ...Read more

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My 2 yr was diagnosed with a thyroglossal duct cyst and the dr who said surgery after feeling on her throat are there more tests he should do on her?

My 2 yr was diagnosed with a thyroglossal duct cyst and the dr who said surgery after feeling on her throat are there more tests he should do on her?

Thyroglossal Duct: Usually located in the midline. Rarely clinically significant in any way. Weird looking. If you have it removed you will confirm it is nothing serious and remove something potentially unsightly. ...Read more

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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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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 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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My daughter has a thyroglossal duct cyst. What does this mean?

My daughter has a thyroglossal duct cyst. What does this mean?

Duct cyst: A neck mass or a swelling. Cyst like a sack lined and has fluid may increase in time and may get infected. Have your daughter evaluated this my lead to more functional problems. ...Read more

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Son had a thyroglossal duct cyst removed and still has stitches in. He accidentally got them very wet. Is this a problem?

Son had a thyroglossal duct cyst removed and still has stitches in. He accidentally got them very wet. Is this a problem?

Probably not...: Dry the area, keep it clean - as best you can with a 5 year old :) - and continue to monitor for signs of infection at the incision site. If you notice any increase in redness or discharge, contact the surgeon. The skin heals relatively quickly. ...Read more

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What is thyroglossal duct surgery done for?

What is thyroglossal duct surgery done for?

Thyroglossal: This procedure is performed to removed the cyst called thyroglossal. It is removed when it is causing trouble. ...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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I'm sure I have a thyroglossal duct cyst. Now what?

Cyst?: Make sure this is the correct diagnosis and see an ENT specialist ...Read more

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What is involved with a thyroglossal duct cyst removal?

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

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What is a thyroglossal duct cyst removal / sistrunk procedure?

What is a thyroglossal duct cyst removal / sistrunk procedure?

Cyst and part hyoid: The sistrunk procedure to remove a thyroglossal duct cyst means an incision on the neck, remove the cyst and the tract leading from the cyst to the base of tongue where it started in the embryo. This operation always removes the central portion of the hyoid bone in order to get the entire tract. ...Read more

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Pretty sure I have a thyroglossal duct cyst. What do I do now?

Thyroglossal Duct: A thyroglossal duct cyst is a congenital anomaly, meaning that you were born with it. Many times, they get infected and have to be drained. If no infection or after infection is treated, we usually recommend having them removed. The procedure to remove it and to reduce the chance of it coming back is called a sistrunk procedure. See your local ENT doctor for all the specifics. ...Read more

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Help docs! My daughter has a thyroglossal duct cyst. What do we do?

Help docs! My daughter has a thyroglossal duct cyst. What do we do?

Time for visit: Many would get an ultrasound of the neck to identify any connection to and location of associated thyroid tissue. With that in hand, the cyst and any fistulous tract connecting it to the base of the tongue or overlying skin would be removed. ...Read more

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My daughter is constantly clearing her throat after thyroglossal duct cyst. Is this normal?

Talk to surgeon: Any questions related to a surgery are really best directed to the surgeon as they often have particular knowledge about things that they did that can lead to issues after surgery. ...Read more

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What could cause an unusual growth on throat after having thyroglossal duct cyst?

Scar: If thyroglossal duct has beeen removed, it could be scar tissue or possible recurrence. If the growth is in the scar it could be a keloid. ...Read more

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I’m 37 yrs old & a CT scan found a 1.6cm thyroglossal duct cyst. The thought of being cut open with hyoid removal scares me. Is it necessary?

I’m 37 yrs old & a CT scan found a 1.6cm thyroglossal duct cyst. The thought of being cut open with hyoid removal scares me. Is it necessary?

Cyst: Unfortunately cysts tend to enlarge, compromising adjacent hard and soft tissue. If concerned, seek a second opinion. If both practitioners agree, go for it. ...Read more

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Can a large pimple on my chin cause swelling under the chin? I have a soft tender lump under my chin, have had them before- thyroglossal duct cyst?

Can a large pimple on my chin cause swelling under the chin? I have a soft tender lump under my chin, have had them before- thyroglossal duct cyst?

Lump under chin: First, unless you have been diagnosed with one previously, a thyroglossal duct cyst is rare and something that has likely been searched out on the internet. Second a pimple, carbuncle, or furuncle can cause tender lumps under the chin which may be either a swollen lymph node or an actual cellulitis or abscess of the anterior neck space. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Thyroglossal duct cyst on 2 yrs is it related to thyroid in any way ed. Surgeon said it had to come out he has no images or blood work s this normal?

Typical: The diagnosis of a thyroglossal duct cyst is made by a health history and thorough physical exam. An US might be done, but not necessarily. Thyroglossal duct cysts are typically removed through surgical excision. ...Read more

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I had a thyroglossal duct cyst removed a couple months ago but the doc only removed the cyst. I am still experiencing a lot of throat discomfort. Pressure and pain. Could this be due to the tract still being there?

I had a thyroglossal duct cyst removed a couple months ago but the doc only removed the cyst. I am still experiencing a lot of throat discomfort. Pressure and pain. Could this be due to the tract still being there?

Return to Doctor: Go back to the doctor who removed the thyroglossal duct cyst. .. They will be able to determine what is going on. They may want you to have a cat scan. If scar tissue has developed or there is something else, a cat scan will reveal it. ...Read more

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Will gartner's duct cyst surgery/removal affect childbirth later in life?

Will gartner's duct cyst surgery/removal affect childbirth later in life?

Possibly, not likely: Any genital surgery can affect the birth canal, however if your gartner's duct cyst was properly removed you should be ok. Please consult with your obstetrician/gynecologist because a pelvic examination is required to answer your question. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and best of luck! ...Read more

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Hi, I was diagnosed with a gartners duct cyst, and I have to have surgery, and I was wondering do you have any pain after the surgery?

Hi, I was diagnosed with a gartners duct cyst, and I have to have surgery, and I was wondering do you have any pain after the surgery?

Vaginal cysts: It's unusual to require surgery for a gartners duct cyst. They are fairly common ; don't normally cause any trouble. In rare cases, they may enlarge ; need to be drained. Most gynecologists have felt hundreds of these cysts during their careers. I would be cautious about unnecessary removal because although the vaginal usually heals very well, it's possible to get painful scar tissue. ...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