Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Symptoms & Causes

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What are the symptoms of a thyroglossal cyst?

  • The cyst is seen as a mass in the middle of the neck.
  • The cyst is round and firm with no opening.
  • The cyst usually does not cause any pain.
  • The cyst moves up when the tongue is stuck out of the mouth or with swallowing.
  • Occasionally the cyst can be seen to one side or other of the breathing tube.
  • Bacteria from the mouth may infect the thyroglossal duct cyst causing sudden swelling of the cyst and redness or tenderness in the area of the cyst.
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