Is to review our cases of Thyroglossal duct cyst (TGDC) attempting to make some conclusions that may facilitate the management of such a cases.
Twenty patients with the diagnosis of TGDC were managed between July 1996 and April 2007 in the department of Otolaryngology, King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
All of our cases underwent radiological assessment before surgical intervention. Eighteen patients underwent Sistrunk procedure. In two patients the treatment was limited to removal of the cyst. In seventeen patients the clinicoradiological diagnosis was in agreement with histopathological diagnosis of TGDC.
The diagnosis of TGDC in most of the cases is clinical. Combination of clinical assessment and imaging studies can improve the sensitivity for the diagnosis. Sistrunk’s operation presented good results in our series with low rates of complications (5%) and recurrence (5.5%).