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Pediatric Thyroglossal Duct Cyst

Key Points About a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst in Children

  • A thyroglossal duct cyst is a pocket in the front part of neck that is filled with fluid. A child is born with this cyst.
  • It is formed from leftover tissue from the development of the thyroid gland when an embryo is forming.
  • Although the cyst is present at birth, it is often not found until a child is at least age 2.
  • A thyroglossal duct cyst is often diagnosed when your child's healthcare provider examines your child.
  • Treatment may include antibiotic medicine to treat any infection or surgery to remove the cyst.
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