Infected thyroglossal duct cyst

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Two days of voice hoarseness and neck swelling.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Just to the left of midline, extending from the inferior surface to the hyoid bone to the anterior surface of the thyroid cartilage is a peripherally enhancing soft tissue attenuation mass, which appears to be embedded in the left strap muscles with adjacent fat stranding. 

Case Discussion

This is a common location for a thyroglossal duct cyst with the peripheral enhancement and adjacent fat stranding, as well as the patient's symptoms, suspicious for superinfection. Pus was subsequently aspirated from the mass, confirming infection. 

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Case information

rID: 47751
Published: 4th Sep 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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