Endocrine Pathology

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 45–48

Dermoid Cyst of the Lateral Neck Associated with the Thyroid Gland: a Case Report and Review of the Literature

  • Gillian R. Diercks
  • Ralph A. Iannuzzi
  • Karen McCowen
  • Peter M. Sadow
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12022-013-9234-2

Cite this article as:
Diercks, G.R., Iannuzzi, R.A., McCowen, K. et al. Endocr Pathol (2013) 24: 45. doi:10.1007/s12022-013-9234-2

Abstract

Dermoid cysts are the most common teratomatous lesion; however, they infrequently arise in the head and neck region. Very rarely, dermoid cysts have been described in the thyrohyoid region, masquerading as a thyroid nodule. We describe the case of a 31-year-old woman with a lateral neck mass, associated with the thyroid gland inferiorly, which was excised and found to be a dermoid cyst. We then review the pathogenesis of dermoid cysts in this region, as well as review diagnosis and treatment of dermoid cysts of the head and neck.

Keywords

Dermoid cystThyroidCervical mass

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gillian R. Diercks
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ralph A. Iannuzzi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Karen McCowen
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Peter M. Sadow
    • 1
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyMassachusetts Eye and Ear InfirmaryBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Otology and LaryngologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryHarvard Vanguard Medical AssociatesBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of EndocrinologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  5. 5.Department of EndocrinologyHarvard Vanguard Medical AssociatesBostonUSA
  6. 6.Department of EndocrinologyBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  7. 7.Department of PathologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  8. 8.Department of PathologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA