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What is a thyroglossal cyst?

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Dr. George Anastassov
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. George Anastassov
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