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My sister says she has thyroglossal cyst . What is that?
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Thyroglossal cyst
A thyroglossal cyst (or thyroglossal duct cyst) is due to a congenital defect in which the embryonic tissue of the thyroid gland did not complete its process of differentiation in the normal manner. The defect is present at birth, but the symptoms of a nontender swelling in the midline in the front of the neck can develop at any time during life.
Treatment is surgical removal of the cyst.

In brief: Thyroglossal cyst
A thyroglossal cyst (or thyroglossal duct cyst) is due to a congenital defect in which the embryonic tissue of the thyroid gland did not complete its process of differentiation in the normal manner. The defect is present at birth, but the symptoms of a nontender swelling in the midline in the front of the neck can develop at any time during life.
Treatment is surgical removal of the cyst.
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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Surgery is important
Thyroglossal duct cysts are best treated when they have not already been infected and so it is important to remove them early.
Infection can be very uncomfortable and in some cases, can compress the airway and make it hard to breathe. In addition, the surgery is made more difficult after infection because there is often scar tissue.

In brief: Surgery is important
Thyroglossal duct cysts are best treated when they have not already been infected and so it is important to remove them early.
Infection can be very uncomfortable and in some cases, can compress the airway and make it hard to breathe. In addition, the surgery is made more difficult after infection because there is often scar tissue.
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