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Thyroid Science 3(11):CR1-4, 2008

Thyroid Abscess with Cutaneous Fistula:
Case Report and Review of the Literature


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Reuben F. De Sousa, MBBS, Amonkar Dilip, MS, FICS,
and Correia Mervyn, MS

Department of Surgery, Goa Medical College; Goa, India

Contact: Dr. Reuben De Sousa, Room 45, GARD Hostel, Bambolim-Tiswadi-Goa, 403202
+91-9423810573 reuben_ds@yahoo.co.in

ABSTRACT. Thyroid abscess arising as a complication of nodular goiter is a rarely documented phenomenon. Acute suppurative thyroiditis is usually associated with pyriform sinus fistula in children, whereas in adults the cause is usually disseminated infection. A good response is noted to drainage and excision with antibiotic cover. We report the case of an adult female who presented with a longstanding multinodular goiter with recent onset of inflammation and a discharging external fistula. The causative organism was Staphylococcus aureus. The patient staged an uneventful recovery following hemithyroidectomy with fistulectomy and intravenous antibiotics.

Keywords. Multinodular goiter ● Thyroid abscess ● Thyroiditis

Reuben F. De Sousa, MBBS, Amonkar Dilip, MS, FICS, and Correia Mervyn, MS. Thyroid Abscess with Cutaneous Fistula: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Thyroid Science, 3(11):CR1-4, 2008.

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2008 Thyroid Science