Tuberculosis of the Ectopic Thyroid Gland in a Sputum Positive Pulmonary Tuberculosis Case

Jana, Pulak Kumar; Bairagya, Tapan Das; Das, Ira
April 2013
International Medical Journal;Apr2013, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p150
Academic Journal
Objectives: Thyroid tuberculosis is uncommon and tuberculosis of ectopic thyroid gland is also very rare. This rare case of ectopic thyroid gland tuberculosis presenting as a firm nodule in the neck, in an adult male patient is discussed here. Design: Clinical report. Materials and Methods: Ectopic thyroid gland was diagnosed clinically in the patient. CT scan of thorax followed by FNAC of the cervical swelling was done. Results: FNAC from swelling showed colloid filled follicle lined by cuboidal epithelium along with epithelioid cell granuloma with caseous necrosis and giant cells, suggesting tuberculosis in thyroid tissue. Conclusion: Though rare, tuberculosis should be kept in mind as a differential diagnosis of ectopic thyroid gland swelling.


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