Thyroglossal duct cyst
A thyroglossal duct cyst is a cyst that forms on the base of your child's thyroid gland.
- Early in fetal life, the thyroid gland moves from the bottom of the tongue to the base of the neck.
- As the thyroid moves, it drags some of the lining of the pharynx, which can form a cyst.
- A thyroglossal cyst usually appears between ages 2 and 10.
- It is found equally in both girls and boys.
- The main risk of a thyroglossal duct cyst is infection. Bacteria from the mouth may cause the cyst to become infected.
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