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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2015, Article ID 769604, 4 pages
Case Report

Submandibular Lateral Ectopic Thyroid Tissue: Ultrasonography, Computed Tomography, and Scintigraphic Findings

1Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Faculty of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, 53020 Rize, Turkey
2Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, 53020 Rize, Turkey
3Department of Radiology, Muğla Yatağan State Hospital, 48500 Muğla, Turkey
4Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, 53020 Rize, Turkey

Received 30 June 2015; Accepted 1 September 2015

Academic Editor: Yorihisa Orita

Copyright © 2015 Metin Çeliker 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.


Ectopic thyroid can be encountered anywhere between the base of tongue and pretracheal region. The most common form is euthyroid neck mass. Herein, we aimed to present the findings of a female case with ectopic thyroid tissue localized in the left submandibular region. A 44-year-old female patient, who underwent bilateral subtotal thyroidectomy four years ago with the diagnosis of multinodular goiter, was admitted to our hospital due to a mass localized in the left submandibular area that gradually increased in the last six months. Neck ultrasonography, contrast-enhanced computed tomography, and scintigraphic examination were performed on the patient. On thyroid scintigraphy with Tc-99m pertechnetate, thyroid tissue activity uptake showing massive radioactivity was observed in the normal localization of the thyroid gland and in the submandibular localization. The focus in the submandibular region was excised. Pathological examination of the specimen showed normal thyroid follicle cells with no signs of malignancy. The submandibular mass is a rarely encountered lateral ectopic thyroid tissue. Accordingly, ectopic thyroid tissue should also be considered in the differential diagnosis of masses in the submandibular region.