Familial thyroglossal duct cyst
Other Names for this Disease
- Hereditary thyroglossal duct cysts
- Thyroglossal duct cysts
- Thyroglossal duct cysts familial
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Surgical excision is the treatment of choice for uncomplicated thyroglossal duct cysts. The Sistrunk procedure is typically performed, which can reduce the risk of recurrence. This involves removing the cyst as well as a portion of the hyoid bone (small bone in the upper neck) and some tongue tissue. Researchers are looking into the efficacy of ethanol sclerotherapy, in which ethanol, a type of alcohol, is injected into the cyst. While results are promising, surgery remains the primary treatment method.
Last updated: 5/18/2016
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