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Thyroglossal Duct Cysts Symptoms & Treatment

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What are Thyroglossal Duct Cysts?

A thyroglossal duct cyst is a lump or mass of cells and tissues in the throat that forms just after thyroid development in babies. This is often detected in children but may go unnoticed if it does not cause complications.

What Complications can a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Cause?

When a thyroglossal duct cyst is present (and especially if it becomes enlarged), complications can include:

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  • Throat infection
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Abdominal discomfort

How are Thyroglossal duct cysts treated?

One treatment option is thyroglossal duct cyst removal, which is a surgical procedure that can be performed by an experienced ear, nose, and throat doctor at New York ENT. Speak with one of our experienced doctors for more information about your symptoms and treatment options, including thyroglossal duct cyst surgery.

What Happens if a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst is Left Untreated?

If a thyroglossal duct cyst becomes infected and is left untreated for a long period of time, it can lead to soft tissue swelling and rapid enlargement of the cyst. In rare cases, this can lead to other problems with the neck.


Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are suffering from thyroglossal duct cysts, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board-certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of neck and throat conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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