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