Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Thyroglossal Duct Cyst


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is thyroglossal duct cyst. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how thyroglossal duct cyst will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a traditional question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 11 year old male comes to the pediatrician because he has a “bump” in his neck. He has no past medial history and is otherwise healthy. A physical exam reveals a well-defined anterior neck mass. It is located midline and right above his cricoid cartilage. His mother explains that the bump was noticed about the time he turned 2 years old. It does not bother the patient. The mass elevates with swallowing and is not tender to palpation. The patient has no cervical adenopathy and no other complaints. An ultrasound is ordered and the mass appears to be hypoechoic. A subsequent thyroid scintogram is performed and confirms that the thyroid is in the correct position. What is the likely diagnosis?  


Page Updated: 03.17.2017