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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 127-133

Subacute thyroiditis complicated by extra-thyroidal abscess: A very rare presentation of tuberculous thyroiditis


1 Division of Endocrinology, The Institutes of Medicine and Surgery, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, The Institutes of Medicine and Surgery, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3 Division of Internal Medicine, The Institutes of Medicine and Surgery, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence Address:
Salem A Beshyah
Division of Endocrinology, The Institutes of Medicine and Surgery, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1947-489X.210768

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Tuberculosis of the thyroid gland is a very rare condition. We report a case of tuberculous thyroiditis in a young woman who presented with a right-side solitary thyroid nodule associated with features of subacute inflammation of a short duration. Diagnosis was confirmed by fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) with positive Ziehl Neelsen staining for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) and positive culture for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The patient was treated medically with satisfactory resolution of the infection and regression of the nodule. Conclusion: FNAC provides a confident non-operative diagnosis of thyroid tuberculosis, obviating the need for unnecessary surgical removal of a thyroid nodule readily treated medically.


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