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Figure 1 Image of the Week #4

Michael Macias

A 6 year old male presents with swelling over the midline of the neck for the past 2 days. The swelling is non tender and moves with swallowing. What is the diagnosis?


 

Pondering.

 

Answer.


Image of the Week - Thyroglossal Duct Cyst


This patient has a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst. These cysts often form in 
childhood and are caused by cystic expansion of the remnant of the tract 
that forms as the thyroid gland descends from the tongue base to the 
neck. Often, these cysts are small, asymptomatic, and go untreated.

 Location is key in pediatric neck masses

Location is key in pediatric neck masses

See more cases like this on Figure 1

Photo credit: Figure 1 Medical Images/Abdul Mukaddem Mashud


Resources:

[BLOG} Neck Masses in Children at Pediatric Focus.

[REVIEW] Pediatric Neck Masses