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July 1968

Papillary Adenocarcinoma Arising in a Thyroglossal Duct Remnant

Author Affiliations

Salt Lake City
From the departments of surgery (Dr. Latimer) and pathology (Dr. Hicks), Latter-day Saints Hospital, and the Department of Surgery, Salt Lake Clinic (Dr. Snow), Salt Lake City.

Arch Surg. 1968;97(1):161-162. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1968.01340010191027

BETWEEN 18 to 28 cases of papillary adenocarcinoma arising in a thyroglossal duct remnant have been reported in the medical and surgical literature. Recently, a case was discovered at the Latter-day Saints Hospital and is herein reported.

Report of a Case  A 31-year-old white woman (No. 48552) was admitted to the Latter-day Saints Hospital with the chief complaint of a swelling in her neck. She stated that six months prior to this hospitalization, during her seventh month of pregnancy, she noted the onset of a lump in her neck. She described the mass as "sensitive" but not painful. She had no pressure symptoms.Physical examination was normal for her age with the exception of a midline cervical mass measuring 3 × 3 cm which was cystic in consistency and located midway between the notch of thyroid cartilage and the hyoid bone. It did elevate with swallowing. Results of all laboratory