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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 131-132

Thyroid abscess: A rare entity?

Departments of General Surgery, Padm, Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune, India

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Mohit Bhatia
1, Bank Colony, Opposite Old Sessions Courts, Ambala City, Haryana 134 003
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-0354.138581

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A thyroid abscess is an infrequently encountered condition with a rarity that is attributable to anatomic and physiologic characteristics of the gland that impart a unique quality of infection resistance. The differential diagnosis for a painful thyroid is limited, with sub-acute and chronic thyroiditis being the most often-encountered processes. Acute suppurative thyroiditis with abscess formation, although rare, is a formidable clinical scenario with morbid complications. The common causative organisms responsible for thyroid abscess are Staphylococci and Streptococci species. We describe a case of thyroid abscess due to methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in young female. The patient was successfully treated with open surgical drainage and appropriate antimicrobial agents.

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