Huge lingual thyroid - Case report

C. H. Kao, Y. H. Lin, H. W. Wang

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Abstract

Lingual thyroid is a rare developmental anomaly defined as the presence of thyroid tissue in the midline of the tongue base between the circumvallate papillae and the epiglottis. A 72-year-old woman presented with progressive dysphagia and occasional dyspnea of 3 months duration. She underwent emergent tracheostomy on account of acute upper airway obstruction. Physical examination showed an ovoid tumor of the tongue base. A series of examinations were performed, including thyroid function testing, Tc-99m thyroid scanning, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Lingual thyroid was diagnosed. She then underwent a suprahyoid pharyngotomy approach to excise the tumor. The operation went smoothly and the postoperative condition of the patient was uncomplicated. She was discharged from the hospital and followed in the clinics with no problem of upper airway compromise. In this report we discuss the incidence of lingual thyroid, the cause of goiter formation, and the complications related to this rare condition. We suggest that patients with lingual thyroid have regular follow- up to prevent life-threatening airway compromise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-356
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Taiwan Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Lingual Thyroid
Thyroid Gland
Tongue
Epiglottis
Tracheostomy
Goiter
Airway Obstruction
Deglutition Disorders
Dyspnea
Physical Examination
Neoplasms
Tomography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Incidence

Keywords

  • Ectopic
  • Goiter
  • Lingual thyroid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Huge lingual thyroid - Case report. / Kao, C. H.; Lin, Y. H.; Wang, H. W.

In: Journal of Taiwan Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 34, No. 4, 1999, p. 352-356.

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