FAQ - Thyroglossal Cyst
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Is there any relationship between a thyroglossal cyst and smoking?

I had a thyroglossal cyst removed from my neck about 6 months ago, I used to smoke before and whilst I had the cyst and wanted to know whether smoking was related to this type of cyst at all? Thanks for any replies.

These cysts are developmental abnormalities that happen at the fetal stage, so they are not caused by smoking. The duct normally disappears, but in some people part of it remains. However, if you were born with a thyroglossal duct cyst, smoking can cause mucus, tar, and smoke residue to collect in the duct and cause inflammation or an infection to develop in the duct. Both of these things cause the cyst to enlarge and cause a problem that would not have occurred if you had not smoked. .  (+ info)

Does anyone here have/have had a thyroglossal duct cyst?

I have a thyroglossal duct cyst and am getting it removed by operation. I AM HORRIFIED. Can anyone relate to me?

Not to worry.
Though they are not terribly common, they show up from time to time. The surgery isn't bad, usually just a small incision under the chin so that the surgeon can get to it to remove it. It does depend on the size, but the ones I've seen (7 or 8?) have been relatively small - they are usually caught pretty early.
I would think that you should be able to go home the same day - hopefully not much pain after.
Good luck and please don't worry.

PS - be nice to the anesthesiologist - we're pretty cool guys  (+ info)

What are the best antibiotics to treat a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst that is infected?

It is a bad idea to take advice such as you are seeking on the internet!!

The most common problem would be getting a penicillin based antibiotic when you are allergic to penicillin.

There are real dangers in taking the wrong antibiotic especially if you are on other medications or have other medical conditions.

There is only one safe way to be sure to be taking the right medication and that is for it to be prescribed by a doctor who has examined you and diagnosed you!!  (+ info)

how long does it take to heal from thyroglossal cyst surgery the sistrunk procedure?

ummmmmm......  (+ info)

My daughter has a thyroglossal duct cyst....?

My daughter is 20 months old and we are told she has a thyroglossal duct cyst and it needs to be removed. Doctor's keep saying it's routine, but cutting my baby's throat open is the scariest thing I've ever had to encounter. Has anyone been in this situation? What's the recovery like? Will she be okay? Thanks ahead of time.

Here is the google search for thyroglossal duct cyst......


And this is one of the links that is specifically for pediatric patients............


Or you could contact the...........
American Academy of Otolaryngology−Head and Neck Surgery
One Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3357, 1-703-836-4444
I'm sure they could refer you to someone with answers to you questions.

I hope these help.  (+ info)

i've got a thyroglossal cyst. is surgery necessary or is it optional?

i was operated on first time when i was 7. but apparently the surgery was not a successful one as i'm 22 now and the cyst has recurred. i wonder if i can just leave it and hope that it won't get inflamed again or a surgery is necessary. my surgeon does not seem to be sure.

Sounds like you have some research to do. This might sound like a dumb question, but are you seeing a specialist? Maybe you need to see a surgeon who has more experience with this condition? Here are some sites. Check them out....
Treatment may include:

antibiotic medication (to treat the infection)

surgical removal of the cyst and the thyroglossal duct, called the Sistrunk procedure
A thyroglossal duct cyst has a small chance of regrowing if small portions of the tissues remain after surgery. Infection of the cyst prior to surgery can make the removal more difficult and increase the chance for regrowth. Always consult your child's physician for more information. http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/peds_ent/thyrgduct.cfm

Good luck to you.....  (+ info)

Any other thyroglossal duct cyst recurrences???

I had a thyroglossal duct cyst removed in late December, and now have another one. I'm going to see a specialist in Boston next week, but man am I bummed. The first time the doctor did not remove part of my hyoid bone and my tongue base, I think they will this time. Has this happened to anyone else or am I the only one?

It seems that removals of the duct is important to preventing cyst recurrence. Perhaps your surgeon did not want to over-operate on you the first time.  (+ info)

Thyroglossal Duct Cyst?

My son was diagnosed with a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst. I know he has to be on ATB for the infection, but I am unsure of what happens next. The Dr, said something surgery in a few days. Does any one know what they will do, and what if any are the life long effects. Also how dangerous is the surgery

Hubby had that done when he was 9 or 10. No pain, no life long effects, small scar on the throat. Removing this cyst will reduce the risk of esophageal pressure and any kind of tumor forming, So don't worry. Very minor procedure>  (+ info)

what are the precaution after the thyroglossal cyst operation?

my daughter is 4year and 1month old. She was suffering from thyroglossal cyst from 1year. On 14July, 2006 the surgical operation for the same is done. Please suggest the diets and movements of body.

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Thyroglossal Duct Cyst
What is a thyroglossal duct cyst?
A thyroglossal duct cyst is a neck mass or lump that develops from cells and tissues remaining after the formation of the thyroid gland during embryonic development. It is most commonly diagnosed in preschool-aged children or during mid-adolescence, and often appears after an upper respiratory infection when it enlarges and becomes painful.

What causes a thyroglossal duct cyst?
A thyroglossal duct cyst is a congenital (present from birth) defect. When the thyroid gland forms during embryonic development, it begins at the base of the tongue and moves down the neck through a canal called the thyroglossal duct. This duct normally disappears once the thyroid reaches its final position in the neck. Sometimes, portions of the duct remain leaving cavities or pockets called cysts. These cysts can fill with fluid or mucus, and may enlarge if they become infected. Very enlarged cysts can cause difficulty swallowing or obstruct breathing passages.

What are the symptoms of a thyroglossal duct cyst?
The following are the most common symptoms of a thyroglossal duct cyst. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

a small, soft, round mass in the center front of the neck
tenderness, redness, and swelling of the mass, if infected
a small opening in the skin near the mass, with drainage of mucus from the cyst
difficulty swallowing or breathing
The symptoms of a thyroglossal duct cyst may resemble other neck masses or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

How is a thyroglossal duct cyst diagnosed?
Generally, diagnosis is made by physical examination. The mass typically moves upward when the tongue is extended and with swallowing since the thyroglossal duct often connects at the base of the tongue. It is important to determine if the thyroglossal duct cyst contains thyroid tissues. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for a thyroglossal duct cyst may include the following:

blood tests (to assess thyroid function)

ultrasound examination - to evaluate the muscle around the mass; a diagnostic imaging technique which uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood flow through various vessels.

thyroid scans - a procedure that uses radioactive iodine or technetium (a radioactive metallic element) to reveal any physical abnormalities of the thyroid.
Treatment of a thyroglossal duct cyst:
Specific treatment of a thyroglossal duct cyst will be determined by your child's physician based on:

your child's age, overall health, and medical history
extent of the condition
your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
expectations for the course of the condition
your opinion or preference
Treatment may include:

antibiotic medication (to treat the infection)

surgical removal of the cyst and the thyroglossal duct, called the Sistrunk procedure
A thyroglossal duct cyst has a small chance of regrowing if small portions of the tissues remain after surgery. Infection of the cyst prior to surgery can make the removal more difficult and increase the chance for regrowth. Always consult your child's physician for more information  (+ info)

My daughter (20 months old) has a thyroglossal duct cyst......?

Has anyone else had their child go through the surgery to remove it? All the doctor's keep saying how routine it is, but cutting my daughter's throat open is the scariest thing I can think of. Anyone have similar situations or anything?? Thanks ahead of time.
Also, anyone know what recovery will be like for her? Doctor was too busy to talk to us and said they would go over it after surgery, but I would like to know what we are in for. Thanks again
They said hers was unlikely to go away on it's own because of her age and it appearing so young. She does have to stay over night in the hospital, so it seems more serious than some are portraying it to be. Thanks though

the reason a TG duct cyst needs to be removed (or how it's discovered in the first place) is when it gets infected. The surgery is pretty simple because the cyst is a remnant structure (the duct should have closed before birth), relatively superficial, and it is not close to deep, vital strucutures in the neck.
It does involve general anesthesia, but they can use very short-acting medication these days. I assume the child should recover quickly--it's usually an outpatient surgery (no hospital stay) and you go back for follow-up check in several days.  (+ info)

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