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Thyroid Abscess: About Two News Cases  

Ali el mahdi haddam , Djamila Meskine , Farida Chentli , Soumeya Nora Fedala
Department of endocrinology Bologhine hospital Algiers, Algeria
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International Journal of Clinical Case Reports, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 5   doi: 10.5376/ijccr.2016.06.0005
Received: 15 Oct., 2015    Accepted: 23 Oct., 2015    Published: 29 Dec., 2015
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Ali el mahdi haddam, Djamila Meskine, Farida Chentli, and Nora Soumeya Fedala, 2016, Thyroid Abscess: About Two News Cases, International Journal of Clinical Case Reports, 6(5) 1-8 (doi: 10.5376/ijccr.2016.06.0005)


The abscess of the thyroid is a very rare condition. In adults, it usually occurs on a pre-existing thyroid lesion, in a context of immunosuppression. In children, it is often associated with an embryonic defect .We report two cases about this pathology. The first one is about a girl of six years old with a left cervical mass with fever .Ultrasound and CT scans have shown the existence of an abscess in contact with the left thyroid lobe and fistula of the fourth branchial cleft. After appropriate antibiotic therapy and surgical drainage, she was oriented for fistulectomy.

The second is a case of an adult with anaplastic thyroid carcinoma revealed by an abscess. Staging assessment showed diffuse metastases. After large spectrum antibiotherapy and surgical drainage, the patient was sent for radiotherapy and chimiotherapy.

Abscess; Imaging; Fistula; Thyroid carcinoma; Antibiotic; Surgical drainage
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