Thyroglossal duct cyst

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A thyroglossal duct cyst is a growth inside the throat that sometimes needs to be surgically removed. Read about thyroglossal duct cyst surgery and recovery.

Key points

  • A thyroglossal duct cyst feels like a lump at the front of your child's neck. Sometimes it can become enlarged and infected, or cause problems breathing or swallowing.
  • Your child will need an operation to take out the cyst. Your child may need to stay in hospital for a few days.
  • If your child has pain after the operation, they can take acetaminophen.
  • Call the doctor right away if your child has a fever, a red or swollen incision, fluid leaking from the incision, pain that gets worse, or vomiting that does not stop.
Last updated: November 10th 2009