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Isr Med Assoc J. 2001 Jun;3(6):409-10.

Thyroglossal duct cyst: is thyroid scanning necessary in the preoperative evaluation?

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Department of Otolaryngology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin [affiliated to Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University], Israel. fredricag@asaf.health.gov.il

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Evaluation of thyroglossal duct cysts before surgical excision traditionally includes hormonal evaluation, ultrasound of the neck, and thyroid scanning.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the need for thyroid scanning in cases of thyroglossal duct cysts scheduled for operation.

METHODS:

A retrospective chart review of 100 cases of thyroglossal duct cyst between 1988 and 1995 was carried out.

RESULTS:

No cases of ectopic thyroid were detected.

CONCLUSION:

Our goal was to document the presence of normal thyroid tissue by non-invasive tools such as ultrasound, rather than to rule out the existence of ectopic thyroid tissue by radionuclide scanning. Radionuclide scanning is justified in cases of lingual thyroid and where a normally located thyroid gland cannot be detected.

PMID:
11433631
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