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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4018193, 3 pages
Case Report

Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus Suppurative Thyroiditis with Thyrotoxicosis

Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1 RWJ Place, MEB 104, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Laryssa Patti

Received 2 July 2017; Accepted 29 November 2017; Published 19 December 2017

Academic Editor: Yahia A. Raja’a

Copyright © 2017 Sha Yan and Laryssa Patti. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intravenous drug use (IVDU) can lead to numerous complications from skin abscesses to bacteremia to endocarditis. Here, we present a rare case of acute suppurative thyroiditis as a complication of IVDU, in which a 26-year-old female with a past medical history of IVDU presented to the emergency department for evaluation of a large right sided neck mass. On exam, she had signs of sepsis and thyrotoxicosis. Fine needle aspiration confirmed suppurative thyroiditis. Blood cultures and culture from fine needle aspiration grew Staphylococcus aureus. Patient was treated with 2 weeks of intravenous antibiotics with good resolution of her symptoms.