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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2015, Article ID 646209, 3 pages
Case Report

Giant Thyroid Abscess Related to Postpartum Brucella Infection

1Department of Radiology, Van Research and Training Hospital, 65000 Van, Turkey
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yüzüncü Yıl University, 65000 Van, Turkey
3Department of Radiology, Van Private İstanbul Hospital, 65000 Van, Turkey
4Department of Radiology, Yüzüncü Yıl University, 65000 Van, Turkey

Received 29 January 2015; Accepted 11 March 2015

Academic Editor: Pere Domingo

Copyright © 2015 Zülküf Akdemir et al. 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.


Thyroid gland infection, although rare, may be a life threatening disease. Thyroid abscess, arising from acute suppurative thyroiditis (AST), is a rare clinic condition depending on widespread use of antibiotics. Infection may involve one or both lobes and abscess formation may not be apparent until late stage of the progress of illness. Thyroid left lobe is more often affected than the right one. Brucellosis, especially obvious in endemic areas, is a widely seen zoonosis around the world. Although brucella infection can affect many organs through various complications, thyroid gland infection is rare. We aimed to present ultrasonography (USG) and magnetic resonance images (MRI) of a case with an acute thyroiditis which rapidly developed and grew fast on the left half of the neck during the first postpartum month. As far as we know from literature reviewing, our case is the first case report of a thyroid abscess arising from brucella infection which is developed in first postpartum period with images of ultrasonography and MRI.