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Cutaneous Columnar Cysts Treatment & Management

  • Author: Niels Holm, MB, BCh; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
Updated: Aug 11, 2014

Medical Care

In cases of secondary infection, systemic antibiotics are indicated.


Surgical Care

Surgical excision of the entire thyroglossal duct cyst is indicated. Duct remnants and part of the hyoid bone are usually excised to prevent recurrence. Removal should be complete, and removal of the entire embryologic remnant should be attempted.



See the list below:

  • Dermatologist - For evaluation of skin lesions
  • Radiologist - For ultrasonography, CT scanning, MRI, and radionucleotide scanning
  • Pathologist - For histologic evaluation
  • Otolaryngologist, surgeon, or urologist - For surgical excision and repair
Contributor Information and Disclosures

Niels Holm, MB, BCh MMEd, FCDerm(SA), Dermatologist, Private Practice, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association

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Christen M Mowad, MD Professor, Department of Dermatology, Geisinger Medical Center

Christen M Mowad, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, Phi Beta Kappa

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Chief Editor

William D James, MD Paul R Gross Professor of Dermatology, Vice-Chairman, Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

William D James, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

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Additional Contributors

Shyam Verma, MBBS, DVD, FAAD Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Virginia School of Medicine; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, State University of New York at Stonybrook School of Medicine; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Shyam Verma, MBBS, DVD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

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Walter HC Burgdorf, MD Clinical Lecturer, Department of Dermatology, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

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