Degenerative thyroid cartilage cysts as a cause of hoarseness: Report of 2 cases

Oscar Calderon, C. Arturo Solares, Michael C. Byrd, Douglas M. Hicks, Marshall Strome

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)936-938
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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