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A Journal on Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Otoneurosurgery

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Otorinolaringologia 2004 March;54(1):57-60

language: Italian

However, it seemed a tumor…

Gargano R. 1, Salvaggio G. 2, Caruso G. 2, Daniele E. 3, Buscemi G. 4, Restivo S. 1

1 Clinica Otorinolaringoiatrica «Base» Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo
2 Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Mediche e Medicina Legale Sezione di Scienze Radiologiche Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo
3 Istituto di Anatomia Patologica Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo
4 Cattedra di Semeiotica e Metodologia Chirurgica Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo


Four ­main local­iza­tions of ­ectopic thy­roid in the ­upper ­airway-diges­tive ­tract ­have ­been ­described: lin­gual, sub­lin­gual, prel­a­ryn­geal and sub­sternal. The ­case of a 62 ­year-old man ­with an ­ectopic thy­roid, who pre­sented ­with symp­toms of dys­phonia and ­dyspnea is ­described. Exam­ina­tion of the ­neck ­showed a pal­pable ­mass in the ante­rior ­left ­wall ­that was not ­mobile on swal­lowing. Ultra­sound exam­ina­tion, com­puted tomog­raphy and mag­netic res­o­nance ­showed a ­well ­defined ­mass ­causing the thy­roid car­tilage inter­rup­tion. The embryo­logy, diag­nosis and man­age­ment of ­this ­tumor are dis­cussed.

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