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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 681823, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/681823
Case Report

Thyroid Tissue Connected to Normally Located Thyroid Gland: Ectopic or Exophytic?

1ENT Department, Firat University, Elazig, Turkey
2Pathology Department, Firat University, Elazig, Turkey

Received 7 August 2012; Accepted 20 September 2012

Academic Editors: A. Rapoport, C. P. Wang, and L.-F. Wang

Copyright © 2012 Erol Keles 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

Ectopic thyroid tissue is seen rarely. It is often seen in cervical midline, and rarely in other areas such as submandibular area. Diagnosis is made histopathologically by fine needle biopsy after the elimination of malignancy. In the treatment of ectopic thyroid tissue, surgical excision is mostly applied. According to our knowledge, there is no exophytic thyroid tissue reported in the literature. In this paper, a 32-year-old woman who presented with a swelling under the right jaw and found a thyroid tissue attached to the normally located thyroid gland with a fibrous band in the neck was discussed.