Primary papillary carcinoma of the thyroglossal duct cyst - A case report

R. Srinivasan, K. Ranjini, B. M. Vadhiraja

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Thyroglossal duct cyst is the most common developmental anomaly of the thyroid gland, presenting as a mid line neck swelling. Malignancy arising in them is a rare event, with papillary thyroid carcinoma being the commonest. Thyroglossal duct cyst carcinomas are usually asymptomatic and are not suspected preoperatively in most instances, hence the need for surgical excision and careful pathological examination of these cysts. We present a case of a 57 year old lady who underwent a Sistrunk procedure for the removal of thyroglossal duct cyst, which was responsible for a progressive mid line neck swelling of 2 months duration. The thyroid gland was normal. Histological examination of the excised cyst showed a papillary thyroid carcinoma arising in the thyroglossal duct cyst. Long term survival of patients with thyroglossal duct cyst carcinoma is excellent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-230
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Microbiology (medical)


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