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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2013, Article ID 956236, 4 pages
Case Report

A Rare Case of Suppurative Aspergillosis of the Thyroid

Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, 5-7-712/3 ASRP Street, Dongerikeri, Kodialbail, Mangalore 575003, India

Received 11 July 2013; Accepted 13 August 2013

Academic Editors: M. T. Kalcioglu, A. Rapoport, and M. S. Timms

Copyright © 2013 Nikhil Dinaker Thada 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.


Suppurative fungal infection of the thyroid is an extremely rare condition even more so in an immunocompetent patient. Fungal infections of the thyroid usually occur in immunocompromised patients with hematological malignancies, recipients of bone marrow and solid organ allografts on immunosuppression, and patients with AIDS. A 65-year-old male presented with swelling in the front of the neck for 2 years. Examination revealed a  cm non-tender, firm swelling of the right lobe of the thyroid. The patient was taken up for a subtotal thyroidectomy. Intra-operatively, an abscess cavity with pus was found in the right lobe of the thyroid. Histopathology revealed features of fungal abscess and staining demonstrated fungal hyphae characteristic of Aspergillus ssp.