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Online ISSN 1827-1634
Third Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky Universit, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Thyroid abscess is a relatively rare yet dramatic condition of the thyroid gland requiring immediate therapeutic intervention. Traditionally, more or less aggressive surgical approaches and administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics have been used. Clinically less severe disease allows non-surgical treatment as well. The case report describes successful treatment of a large abscess of iatrogenic origin after biopsy of a cystic cavity. A combination of broad-spectrum antibiotics was used based on culture results, administered both orally and by repeated application directly into the abscess cavity using an ultrasound-guided fine-needle approach. Concurrent repeated evacuation of the cavity replaced drainage. Ultimately, a small residual cavity with sterile contents was managed by sclerotization with absolute alcohol. Clinical condition permitting, thyroid abscess may be successfully treated by repeated application of a targeted antibiotic, using a fine needle and ultrasound guidance, directly into the abscess cavity, with repeated evacuation replacing drainage.