Papillary Thyroid Cancer Arising From a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst

James R. Hoffman, Chien Chen, Donald Bodenner, Brendan C. Stack, Jr.


Interesting case presentation of papillary thyroid cancer is arising from a thyroglossal duct cyst. Retrospective case is review. We present a case of 36-year-old male who presented with nearly a two month history of a midline mass. Preoperative imaging revealed a midline mass approximately 2 cm in diameter, bilateral neck adenopathy, and a normal thyroid. The FNA of the midline mass was positive for papillary thyroid carcinoma. The patient underwent a total thyroidectomy, bilateral neck dissection, and a Sistrunk procedure. The patient was treated with post operative radio iodine. We report salient details of our case and also review relevant literature of this source of thyroid cancer. Thyroglossal duct cysts may be the origin of metastatic papillary thyroid cancer.

J Med Cases. 2013;4(6):365-368


Thyroglossal duct cyst; Papillary thyroid carcinoma; Fine needle aspiration cytology; Thyroid gland

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