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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-28

Microfilaria in thyroid aspirate-An unusual finding


Department of Pathology, Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Srikanth Shastry
Department of Pathology, Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-0354.124192

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Filariasis is a major public health problem in tropical countries, including India. The disease is endemic all over India, especially in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Gujarat. A majority of infected individuals in filarial endemic communities are asymptomatic. Adult worms live in the lymphatic vessels of the definitive host and microfilaria is released and circulates in the peripheral blood. Cases of microfilaremia have been reported from atypical sites like lymph node, pleural and pericardial fluid, breast lump, and bone marrow. We present a case of microfilaria in thyroid fine needle aspiration cytology, which is an unusual finding.


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