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Clinical Challenges
April 2002

Total Thyroidectomy as Appropriate Treatment for Papillary Carcinoma in a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002;128(4):463. doi:10.1001/archotol.128.4.463

Drs Pribitkin and Friedman present a well-documented review of the embryology concerning TGDRs and the statistics associated with TGDCa. This represents a long-standing controversy that can be directly related to continuing disagreement over the management of thyroid papillary carcinoma. The dilemma relates to performing only an adequate local excision of the primary tumor site with a Sistrunk procedure, or, alternatively, additionally performing a total thyroidectomy for improving future patient management and avoiding recurrent disease.