To analyze, in detail, the clinical and pathological findings in a patient population that had undergone previous Sistrunk procedures for the removal of thyroglossal duct cysts, in order to identify any possible factors that could be related to recurrence after 'definitive' surgery.
A large pediatric tertiary care center.
A retrospective chart review was performed to include all patients treated at a single center for thyroglossal duct cysts with a Sistrunk procedure, between 1978 and 1992 inclusive.
A total of 108 consecutive patients were analyzed. We noted that the presence of recent preoperative infection of the cyst was the only statistically significant (P