The association of lingual thyroglossal duct remnants with sudden death in infancy

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1990 Nov;20(2):107-12. doi: 10.1016/0165-5876(90)90075-3.


Two cases of sudden infant death are described in which relatively large posterior lingual midline cysts were demonstrated at autopsy. Death in both patients was attributed to upper airway obstruction due to the cysts, both of which represented thyroglossal duct remnants.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology
  • Asphyxia / etiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Sudden Infant Death / etiology*
  • Thyroglossal Cyst / complications*
  • Thyroglossal Cyst / pathology