Lingual Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Causing Death in a Four-Week-Old Infant

    Volume 29, Issue 1 (January 1984)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 4


    Hanzlick, RL
    Deputy Medical Examiner, Fulton County, Atlanta, GA

    (Received 23 April 1983; accepted 7 June 1983)

    Abstract

    A 12-mm spherical thyroglossal duct cyst at the base of the tongue caused the death of a four-week-old infant by obstructing the glottis. Previous case reports of this rare entity indicate that the supine position aggravates airway obstruction. Proof of a cause and effect relationship between such a cyst and death is difficult in the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) age group because of nonspecific findings associated with asphyxia and SIDS. Autopsy should include a thorough examination of the oral cavity to detect such lesions.


    Paper ID: JFS11672J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11672J

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    Title Lingual Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Causing Death in a Four-Week-Old Infant
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