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Brucellar Thyroid Abscess: Case Report and Review of the Causes and Management of This Rare Medical Entity

Starakis, Ioannis MD, PhD*; Stoubou, Vasiliki MD*; Siagris, Dimitris MD, PhD*; Alexandridis, Theodoros MD, PhD†; Petrochilos, Ioannis MD, PhD‡; Karatza, Chrysoula MD, PhD*

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/01.idc.0000236981.35194.45
Case Reports

Infections of the thyroid are quite rare but may be life threatening. Thyroid abscess resulting from acute suppurative thyroiditis is a rare clinical entity. The infection may engage one or both lobes, and abscess formation may not be evident until late in the course of the disease. We report a case of a woman who presented with acute thyroiditis and eventually developed thyroid abscess. The causal organism was found to be Brucella melitensis. Antibiotic treatment and removal of the abscess led to an uneventful recovery.

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*Departments of Internal Medicine, †Endocrinology, and ‡Surgery, Patras University Hospital, Patras, Greece.

The authors do not have any commercial or other association that might pose a conflict of interest. There are not any sources of financial support. This work has never been presented in any form before.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Ioannis Starakis, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Patras University Hospital, 26500 Rion, Patras, Greece. E-mail:

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