Cysts located in the thyroid cartilage proper are rare. A literature review identified only 4 cases.1-4 Three of the cysts were lined by respiratory epithelium2-4 and were thought to be the result of mucosal herniation through a congenital foramen. Burgess and Yim1 reported a case of a true degenerative thyroid cartilage cyst. We describe 2 patients with degenerative thyroid cartilage cysts who presented with hoarseness and a history of neck trauma. In both cases, findings of an endoscopic biopsy were consistent with benign degenerative cartilage. We compare our surgical management in these cases - an open neck exploration with extirpation of the cyst in the first case, and an endoscopic marsupialization of the cyst in the second case - and discuss why we would favor the latter approach in a future case. We also briefly discuss the potential pathogenesis of these degenerative cysts.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1 2007|
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