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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-63

Thyroglossal duct cyst: Unusual presentation in an adult


Department of ENT and Head & Neck Surgery, BL Kapur Super Speciality Hospital, Pusa Road, Behind Rajendra Place Metro Station, New Delhi - 110 005, India

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Rajeev Chugh
Military Hospital, Trimulgherry, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-9748.132054

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Thyroglossal duct cyst is a congenital lesion of the neck resulting from the remnant of the thyroglossal tract. A 59-year-old male patient presented with a progressive cystic swelling in the neck which moved on swallowing and protrusion of tongue. Investigations were inconclusive and thyroid profile was normal. Sistrunk's operation was performed and histopathological examination revealed it as thyroglossal duct cyst. There were no post-operative complications and no evidence of malignancy. The objective of this article is to emphasize on the importance of considering thyroglossal duct cyst as differential in an unusually large cystic neck swelling in adults with no conclusive evidence on investigations. Complete excision of the cyst with the tract and part of the body of hyoid (Sistrunk's operation) will significantly improve the outcome with reduced risk of recurrence.


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