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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Thyroglossal Duct Cyst

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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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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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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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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

Duct (Definition)

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