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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 978263, 3 pages
Case Report

Infected Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Involving Submandibular Region: A Case Report

1Oral Diagnosis Medicine and Radiology, Sharad Pawar Dental College & Hospital, DMIMS University, Sawangi, Wardha 442004, India
2General Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital, DMIMS University, Sawangi, Wardha 442004, India

Received 8 May 2011; Accepted 3 July 2011

Academic Editors: P. G. Arduino and Y. S. Khader

Copyright © 2011 Rahul A. Gandhi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Thyroglossal duct cyst presents most frequently in the midline of the neck, either at or just below the level of the hyoid bone. They generally manifest as painless neck swelling, and they move on protrusion of tongue and during swallowing. A case of thyroglossal cyst was reported in the left submandibular region in a 14-year-old girl, above the level of hyoid bone; ultrasound examination favored a cystic lesion which moved in a vertical fashion on swallowing whereas fine needle aspiration cytology report was suggestive of simple cystic lesion of thyroglossal cyst. No lymphoid or malignant cells were present. The cyst was excised completely by surgical procedure under general anesthesia. Histopathological analysis revealed thyroglossal cyst showing columnar and flattened epithelium of cyst with focal aggregate of chronic inflammatory cells supported by fibrocollagenous cyst wall. The clinical, ultrasound, and histopathological findings suggested that the lesion was an infected thyroglossal cyst. There was no evidence of recurrence 6 months after surgery.