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Tuberculosis of Thyroid Gland: A Case Report with Review of Articles

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Objective: Tuberculosis of thyroid gland is encountered in only 0.1% - 0.4% thyroid biopsies. We are presenting a case to emphasize inclusion of this rare disorder as a potential differential diagnosis during the assessment of thyroid lesions. Case report: 38-year female presented with a cystic nodule of left lobe of thyroid. Guided aspiration yielded only necrosed material. Biopsy revealed caseating granuloma with giant cells. Tuberculosis etiology was confirmed by PCR examination. Conclusion: Thyroid tuberculosis should always be considered as a probability during assessment of any midline cervical mass. Pre-operative diagnosis can avoid unnecessary surgery.

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S. Sengupta, S. Pal, J. Phukan, K. Bose and S. Jana, "Tuberculosis of Thyroid Gland: A Case Report with Review of Articles," Open Journal of Pathology, Vol. 3 No. 3, 2013, pp. 117-118. doi: 10.4236/ojpathology.2013.33021.

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