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Journal of Thyroid Disorders & Therapy
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Triple Ectopic Thyroid: A Case Report and Review of Literature

Kuramoto R1, Oikawa K1, Fujita K1, Oridate N2,3* and Fukuda S2
1Department of Otolaryngology, Tenshi Hospital, Sapporo, Japan
2Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan
3Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine and School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan
Corresponding Author : Nobuhiko Oridate
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine and School of Medicine
Fukuura 3-9, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0004, Japan
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Received June 24, 2013; Accepted August 05, 2013; Published August 08, 2013
Citation: Kuramoto R, Oikawa K, Fujita K, Oridate N, Fukuda S (2013) Triple Ectopic Thyroid: A Case Report and Review of Literature. Thyroid Disorders Ther 2:126. doi:10.4172/2167-7948.1000126
Copyright: © 2013 Kuramoto R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Ectopic thyroid is an embryological abnormality resulting from the aberrance or failure of thyroid gland descent. We present a case of triple ectopic thyroid in a 10-year-old girl. Plain computed tomography and Tc-99m scans showed three ectopic thyroids located near the hyoid bone with no normally positioned thyroid. The patient was euthyroid at presentation, but hypothyroidism was observed five months later. On treatment with levothyroxine (75 μg/day), FT4 and TSH returned to normal ranges. Cases of multiple ectopic thyroidare are rare, with the present case being only the third case of triple ectopic thyroid presented. A careful follow-up is required because the incidence of malignancies associated with ectopic thyroid can be as high as 10%. Surgical treatment should be considered when the patient shows symptoms such as dysphagia, dysphonia, bleeding or dyspnea.

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