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Anatomy-based surgery to remove thyroglossal duct cyst: two anomalous cases

  • T Iwata (a1), S Nakata (a1), H Tsuge (a2), F Koide (a3), M Sugiura (a1) (a4), H Otake (a1), M Teranishi (a1) and T Nakashima (a1)...



To review previous reports and to discuss the management of branching polycystic and giant thyroglossal duct cysts.

Case report:

We present two cases of thyroglossal duct cyst: one a branching, polycystic thyroglossal duct cyst in an 11-year-old boy, and the other a giant thyroglossal cyst in a 41-year-old man. Such cysts are rare. Both patients were operated upon according to the methods of Sistrunk and Horisawa, and both had a satisfactory post-operative course.


We discuss the most important aspects of such cyst removal procedures.


Our experience suggests that surgery to remove an anomalous thyroglossal duct cyst should be performed using a technique based on the anatomy of the hyoid bone region.


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Seiichi Nakata, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-8550, Japan. Fax: +81 52 744 2325 E-mail:


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