Acta Scientific Otolaryngology (ASOL) (ISSN: 2582-5550)

Case Report Volume 5 Issue 11

Thornwaldt Cyst: A Rare Developmental Nasopharyngeal Mass

Sameeksha Mishra1*, Dhaval Bhojani1, Puneet Bhargava2 and Sudhakar Vaidya3

1Resident, Department of ENT, R.D Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, M.P., India
2Professor, Department of ENT, R.D Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, M.P., India
3Professor and Head, Department of ENT, R.D Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, M.P., India

*Corresponding Author: Sameeksha Mishra, Resident, Department of ENT, R.D Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, M.P., India.

Received: July 13, 2023; Published: October 04, 2023


Thornwaldt’s cyst is a rare benign disorder of persistent notochord. It occurs in the midline of the nasopharynx above the upper border of the superior constrictor muscle. Usually this is asymptomatic and patients may present symptoms such as nasal obstruction, foreign body sensation, hearing loss due to close vicinity of Eustachian tube, periodic halitosis with an unpleasant taste and nasopharyngeal discharge [3]. Symptomatic cases can be operated by endonasal or transoral approach. Marsupialization is the procedure of choice to avoid recurrences. We have removed the cyst endoscopically using powered instruments i.e. coblator and debrider.

Keywords: Thornwaldt’s Cyst; Endoscopy; Endonasal


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Citation: Sameeksha Mishra., et al. “Thornwaldt Cyst: A Rare Developmental Nasopharyngeal Mass".Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 5.11 (2023): 02-04.


Copyright: © 2023 Sameeksha Mishra., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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