Unilateral Thyroid Agenesis Curiosity or Predictor of Future Pathology?
|Department of Internal Medicine and Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa|
|Corresponding Author :||James Ker
Department of Internal Medicine and
Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received: January 23, 2016 Accepted: February 2, 2016 Published: February 5, 2016|
|Citation: Ker J (2016) Unilateral Thyroid Agenesis—Curiosity or Predictor of Future Pathology?. Thyroid Disorders Ther 5:201. doi:10.4172/2167-7948.1000201|
|Copyright: © 2016 Ker J. 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.|
Unilateral thyroid agenesis (thyroid hemiagenesis) is a rare disorder with less than 300 cases currently in the world literature. The current clinical importance of this condition lies in the possibility that such patients may be at an increased risk for a wide range of future pathology in the contralateral lobe. If this indeed proves to be the case in future, these patients need to be identified. A case of incidentally discovered unilateral thyroid agenesis is presented and the clinical importance discussed.