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Two Cases of Papillary Carcinoma Arising from Thyroglossal Duct Cyst (TGDC)
Int J Thyroidol 2018;11(2):189-193
Published online November 30, 2018;
© 2018 Korean Thyroid Association.

Yong Jun Jeong, Gun Hwee Yum, Soon Young Kwon and Kyoung Ho Oh

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Ansan, Korea
Correspondence to: Kyoung Ho Oh, MD, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University Ansan Hospital, 123 Jeokgeum-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan 15355, Korea
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Received November 9, 2018; Revised November 18, 2018; Accepted November 19, 2018.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
A thyroglossal duct cyst (TGDC) is the most common congenital anomaly of the neck. However, carcinoma arising from TGDC is extremely rare. We report 2 cases of TGDC carcinoma. In the first case, a 21-year-old male patient complained of an anterior cervical mass; computed tomography (CT) and sonography revealed cystic mass that was suspected to be a TGDC. Sistrunk operation was performed. Papillary carcinoma was confirmed in pathologic examination. Additionally, he underwent total thyroidectomy and central neck dissection. After radioactive iodine ablation (RAI) was performed. In the second case, a 28-year-old male patient visited our out-patient department complaining of submental mass. He had already been diagnosed TGDC carcinoma 13 years ago and had undergone Sistrunk operation and total thyroidectomy. Malignancy was confirmed using fine-needle aspiration; thus, lateral neck dissection was performed and following this, he underwent RAI. Till date, no evidence of recurrence has been observed in these patients.
Keywords : Thyroglossal duct cyst, Thyroid, Papillary thyroid carcinoma

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