Swelling in the Throat

Q: About 6 months ago, I’ve been diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid. I’ve been on necessary medications, and I’ve been feeling better. However, upon a physical examination, the doctor found a slight lump in my neck/throat area. He told me that it wasn’t anything I should be concerned about. Nevertheless, I did an ultra sound and without a doubt, there was a solitary cyst slightly away from the thyroid gland itself. The thyroid gland was normal as ever. So now, I’m just wondering what could this mean. And is it serious? Could this cyst be possibly causing my hyperthyroidism? I’m a 20 year old law student by the way.
Thanks for your help.
-By Danielle

Reply:

Since this cyst is outside the thyroid gland, it is unlikely that it is made up of thyroid tissue. So it’s likely to be unrelated to your thyroid problem.

Only cysts or nodules present inside the thyroid gland can affect its function.

Cyst in throat can arise from different cell in the neck area. You can read about causes of throat cyst here.

Since you have got it examined and investigated adequately, you may not need to worry that much about the cyst.

However, look for the following signs-

  • Any increase in the size of the cyst
  • Difficulty in having food
  • Difficulty in breathing

If you note any of the above signs or any other symptom, you may consult your doctor again.

Take Care,

Buddy M.D.