Sistrunk’s 1920 description of thyroglossal cyst excision

Landmark Case Report, Otolaryngology, Paediatric Surgery
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2006.9001
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Sistrunk’s 1920 description of thyroglossal cyst excision

In 1920 Walter Ellis Sistrunk described the classic operation of thyroglossal cyst excision including the central portion of the hyoid bone and a core of tissue around the thyroglossal tract to open into the oral cavity at the foramen caecum. We present this paper and discuss its relevance to current practice.

Sistrunk's original article was published in Annals of Surgery (Sistrunk WE. The surgical treatment of cysts of the thyroglossal tract. Ann Surg 1920; 71: 121-124). The full article, including figures, is reproduced online here.
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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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