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

Alex Kessler*, Ephraim Eviatar, Judith Lapinsky, Tifha Horne, Nathan Shlamkovitch, Shmuel Segal

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-410
Number of pages2
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Ectopic thyroid
  • Radioisotope
  • Thyroglossal duct
  • Thyroid scintiscanning
  • Ultrasound


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