Журнал заболеваний щитовидной железы и терапии

Журнал заболеваний щитовидной железы и терапии
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ISSN: 2167-7948


Thyroid Abscess: A Rare Endocrine Emergency: A Case Series and Literature Review

S Baharudin

Thyroid abscess can become a life-threatening endocrine emergency. The incidence for thyroid abscess is less than 0.1% of all thyroid diseases and most are seen in immunocompromised patients. We present four cases of thyroid abscess that were admitted in our center between January 2000 to December 2019, highlighting the difficulties in diagnosing thyroid abscess as ultrasound or Computed Tomography (CT) could be inconclusive. We will also discuss on the management of our thyroid abscess cases. In conclusion, a high index of suspicion is needed to confidently diagnose a thyroid abscess, in order for prompt action to be taken, for example surgery to drain the abscess, to prevent further complications.