Thyroglossal duct cyst
Thyroglossal duct cyst is a benign cyst arising from the remnants of the thyroid gland that has descended down to the lower neck. This can appear at any age, common in the age 2 to 20 years.
Main problem with these cysts are that they can get infected and cause abscess formation. There is also a small chance that is can under go malignant transformation in later years. Radiological evaluation with a CT scan or Ultrasound scanning is useful prior to surgery.
Treatment that is curative is known as the Sistrunk's procedure, where the cyst, hyoid bone and tract is completely removed.
MRI scan showing the cyst arising from the tongue base
Specialist ENT Surgeon
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160 Gillies Avenue
Epsom, Auckland 1005
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