Anaesthetic Management of Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Causing Respiratory Distress in an Infant - A Case Report

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2014,4,2,981-983.
Published:May 2014
Type:Case Report
Author(s) affiliations:

Shaila S Kamath

Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Attavar, Mangalore-575002, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, INDIA.


There are various causes of possible upper airway obstruction in infants. Particularly, large cysts on the base of tongue may cause severe airway obstruction by a mass effect on the hypo pharynx and by displacing the epiglottis of these basal lingual cysts, thyroglossal duct cyst is rare but occasionally its remnants can be found at the base of the tongue. We report successful management of paediatric airway in a two month old infant with a thyroglossal duct cyst scheduled for cyst excision.

Photograph showing Thyroglossal duct cyst