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E. Târcoveanu, D. Niculescu, Elena Cotea, A. Vasilescu, Felicia Crumpei,
D. Ferariu, Mădalina Palaghia, D. Dorobăţ
First Surgical Clinic, „St. Spiridon” Hospital Iaşi
„Gr.T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iaşi, Romania
Jurnalul de chirurgie 2009; 5 (1): 45-51
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The thyroglossal duct cyst (TDC) results from a failure in obliterating the embryogenic duct produced during thyroid migration and it represents the most common type of developmental cyst encountered in the neck region. Ectopic thyroid tissue neoplasias are rare, and even rarer when associated with the TDC. Methods: During the period 1998-2008, in the First Surgical Clinic, University Hospital “St. Spiridon” Iasi, 14 patients with thyroglossal duct cyst were diagnosed and treated. All records were reviewed for age and sex, diagnostic methods, sizes, surgical management and recurrences. Results: All patients with thyroglossal duct cysts are described as midline cysts of the neck. The ratio females/males was 6/1 with mean age 37.6 years (13-60 years). One case was with an external fistula. The treatment performed was a variant of Sistrunk’s procedure in which the thyroglossal tract was excised to a variable extent, but in all cases with central hyoidectomy. The size of the cyst ranged from 1.2 to 4 cm (mean 2.6 cm). Postoperative course was unventful in all cases. No recurrence was recorded in this series. We describe a case, a 19 years old female with thyroid papillary carcinoma evolving from a TDC. The literature is reviewed. Conclusion: The standard surgical approach to TDC is Sistrunk's operation with low recurrence rates. Malignancy within a thyroglossal duct cyst is very rare but should be included in the differential diagnosis of a neck mass. In such cases total thyroidectomy with removal of the tumour of thyroglossal duct and the body of the hyoid bone are recommended – because the carcinoma may be multifocal and because a lymphatic invasion of the thyroid may take place – in order to ensure a correct follow-up.


Correspondence to: Eugen Târcoveanu, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery, First Surgical Clinic, „St. Spiridon” Hospital Iaşi, 700111, Independenţei Street No 1, Iaşi, Romania; e-mail:

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