Primary Thyroid Tuberculosis
Murat Kapan 1 * , Mehmet Toksöz 2, Şule Dönmez Bakır 3, Bilge Çağatay Yazar 4, Mehmet Sıddık Evsen 5, Yaşar Bozkurt 6, Metehan Gümüş 1
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1 Dicle University Medical Faculty, Department of General Surgery, Diyarbakır, Turkey
2 Yeni Yaşam Hospital, Department of Radiology, Diyarbakır, Turkey
3 Diyarbakır Training and Research Hospital, Department of Pathology, Diyarbakır, Turkey
4 Kadirli Public Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Osmaniye, Turkey
5 Dicle University Medical Faculty, Department of Gynecolog-Obstetrics, Diyarbakır, Turkey
6 Dicle University Medical Faculty, Department of Urology, Diyarbakır, Turkey
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Thyroid tuberculosis is a very rare entity and its diagnosis is based on the histopathological findings. In this report, we presented a 57 year-old women with palpable neck mass that finally diagnosed as thyroid tuberculosis. Ultrasonography showed bilaterally enlarged thyroid lobes with multiple hypoechogenic heterogenous solid nodules. Except elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate, all of other laboratory test results including those of thyroid functions were within normal limits. Computed tomography of thorax revealed no abnormality. Intraoperatively purulent hard and irregular masses were seen. Due to suspicion of malignancy, bilateral total thyroidectomy was performed. Histopthological examination confirmed the diagnosis of tuberculosis. The patient received 6 months of antituberculous therapy and put on continuous thyroid hormone replacement.


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Article Type: Case Report

EUR J GEN MED, 2011 - Volume 8 Issue 4, pp. 357-360

Publication date: 11 Oct 2011

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