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Thyroglossal Duct Cyst


The thyroglossal duct

forms during development of your child's thyroid before he or she is born. In most children, the thyroglossal duct disappears around 10 weeks gestation. In some children, the duct does not disappear and a cyst can form anywhere on the duct. A cyst is a fluid-filled sac. A cyst on the thyroglossal duct may show up as a small lump in the middle of your child's neck.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • Your child is having trouble breathing.

Call your child's doctor if:

  • Your child's symptoms of infection return.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Treatment includes

antibiotics to treat the infection. Your child's healthcare provider may tell you the infection will return if the cyst is not removed.

Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:

Your child's doctor may send your child to a specialist after the infection is gone. The specialist will create a plan to remove the thyroglossal duct and cyst. Write down any questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visit.

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