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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-51

Thyroid abscess: A rare case report and review of literature

Department of Endocrinology, SMS Medical College, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Balram Sharma
SMS Medical College, JLN Road, Jaipur - 302 015, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/trp.trp_47_17

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Acute suppurative thyroiditis (AST) leading to thyroid abscess is a quite uncommon clinical entity. Both thyroid abscess and AST represent only 0.1%–0.7% of thyroid pathologies which may require surgical management. AST especially affects patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis or thyroid cancer. In children, AST is associated with the persistence of a canal originating from the 3rd or 4th bronchial pouch that may lead to recurrent thyroid abscess. The left lobe of thyroid gland is more frequently involved. AST can be life threatening if left untreated, resulting in mortality of 12% or higher.

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