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May 1968

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Calif,; Denver

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(5):562-565. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060564027

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For about four years a 38-year-old woman had a painless "lump in the neck." Her physical examination revealed normal results except for the finding of a 2 cm nontender cystic mass between the thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone in the anterior midline of the neck. The mass was soft and mobile in the horizontal directions but not in the vertical directions. On swallowing, the mass moved superiorly. The obvious preoperative diagnosis was a thyroglossal cyst. The surgery included the removal of the cyst, the mid portion of the hyoid bone, and the duct remnant. The postoperative course was uneventful. Fig 1 shows a photomicrograph of the cyst.

A 36-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital in November 1963 with a history of intermittent roaring tinnitus and hearing loss in the left ear of three years' duration. Physical examination was unremarkable with the exception of otoscopy on the left which revealed

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