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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2003 April;44(2):271-3

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Thyroid abscess associated with a substernal goiter. Case report

Lavini C. 1, Natali P. 1, Magni G. 2, Valli R. 3, Morandi U. 1

1 Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Polyclinic Hospital of Modena, Modena, Italy
2 Department of Anesthesiology II, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Polyclinic Hospital of Modena, Modena, Italy
3 Department of Pathology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Polyclinic Hospital of Modena, Modena, Italy


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An ­abscess asso­ciated ­with an intra­tho­racic ­goiter is an ­extremely ­rare con­di­tion. The ­authors ­report a ­case of a thy­roid ­abscess com­pli­cated by ­acute ­dyspnea and ­asphyxia in a ­patient of ger­i­atric age ­with a sub­sternal ­goiter. Sur­gical ­therapy was nec­es­sary to ­obtain a cor­rect diag­nosis and an effec­tive treat­ment.

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