A case report of Tubercular thyroid abscess- IJCRI
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Thyroid gland tuberculosis is a very rare extrapulmonary presentation of tuberculosis even in countries where pulmonary tuberculosis is endemic. Thyroid gland tuberculosis was reported in 19th century. Thyroid gland tuberculosis presenting as abscess is very rare with occasional case reports in literature. A case of thyroid gland abscess is presented here.

Case Report: A young girl presented with swelling in the right lobe of thyroid. Ultrasound (USG) revealed a swelling in the right lobe of the thyroid with central necrosis. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan (CECT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the neck could not make a definite diagnosis. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) from the swelling could provide the diagnosis of tubercular thyroid abscess. Pus aspirated from the swelling did not reveal any acid-fast bacilli. The patient was treated by antitubercular therapy, thus avoiding surgery of thyroid.

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