Is thyroglossal cyst curable?

Thyroglossal Cyst. Surgical treatment is offered for removal of the cyst and connecting ducts. If it becomes infected, antibiotics may be needed, but do not make the cyst or its branches go away.

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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.

What exactly is a thyroglossal cyst?

Thyroglossal cyst. Is a cyst that forms from a persistent thyroglossal duct and usually presents as a midline neck lump that is usually painless and smooth. If infected pain can occur. There may be difficulty breathing or swallowing, especially if the lump becomes large.
Developmental cyst. A thyroglossal duct cyst is a developmental cyst that occurs in the midline of the neck just above the hyoid bone. It occurs from a persistent thyroglossal duct with an increased incidence of ectopic thyroid tissue. It is usually treated by surgical excision.

Can thyroglossal cyst turn cancerous?

Yes. This is a very rare cancer type, but it can occur.
A thyroglossal cyst. Is a benign growth, a fibrous cyst, and not a malignancy ("cancerous"). It develops from the embryologic remnant of the thyroglossal duct originating from the foramen cecum. It requires surgical removal, but not due to any malignancy risk, but rather symptoms of dysphagia, dyspnea, among others.

What should I expect to happen after a thyroglossal cyst operation?

DISCOMFORT. You will have discomfort during swallowing and while turning your head. Swelling in the neck and around the incision should resolve within a week to ten days start drinking as soon as possible and slowly go to soft foods and then back to a regular diet make sure to take the medication as prescribed by your doctor.

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.

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.
Surgery. Usually surgery is performed to remove it. There is no other treatment other than observing it, that I know of.

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.
If you can't swallow. A thyroglossal duct cyst occurs in the neck/throat area, center. If the cyst gets large enough, it can cause difficulty swallowing as well as breathing. If you can't swallow, you can't eat, thus the weight loss problem. It does not cause thyroid gland type weight problems.

My sister says she has thyroglossal cyst. What is that?

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.
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.