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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 416231, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/416231
Case Report

Tuberculous Infection of Thyroid Gland: A Case Report

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham, SE13 6LH, London, UK
2Department of Radiology, University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham, SE13 6LH, London, UK

Received 23 October 2009; Accepted 22 December 2009

Academic Editor: David W. Eisele

Copyright © 2009 Prince Cheriyan Modayil 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.

Abstract

Introduction. Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and almost one-third of the world is infected with this disease. Tuberculosis has been reported in many parts of the human body. But thyroid gland involvement is extremely rare and its true incidence is unknown. Case Presentation. We present the case of a 26-year-old woman who presented with a thyroid cyst which turned out to be a primary mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Conclusion. The correct diagnosis of thyroid tuberculosis is important because of the availability of medical treatment and the limited role of surgery.