Journal of Korean Endocrine Society 2002;17(4):572-575.
Published online August 1, 2002.
A Case with Thyroid Tuberculosis Diagnosed by Non-operative Method.
Dong Hun Lee, Hee Sun Chung, Hyoung Suk Lee, Mee Jung Kim, Jung Eun Kim, Yoon Sok Chung, Kwan Woo Lee, Hyeon Man Kim
Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
Abstract
Tuberculosis of the thyroid gland is extremely rare, with a few surgically removed cases having been reported. The differential diagnosis, from malignancies and other non tuberculous granulomatous lesions, is impossible clinical grounds. We experienced a case of tuberculosis of the thyroid gland with palpable thyroid nodules, in a 23 year-old female patient. She was clinical and biochemically euthyroid. US and CT scans demonstrated a low density mass in the left low lobe of the thyroid gland. An FNAB showed caseous necrosis, and AFB stains demonstrated tuberculosis bacilli. We report a case of tuberculosis of the thyroid gland, diagnosed by a non-operative method.
Key Words: Thyroid gland, Tuberculosis, Non-operative diagnosis


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