An accessory thyroid gland (ATG) in the right ventricle is an extremely rare condition. Described herein are histological findings of ATG in the right ventricle found in a patient with a normal cervical thyroid gland.
A 53-year-old woman was referred to our hospital after experiencing intermittent precordial pain for 2 years.
The mass in the right ventricle was diagnosed pathologically as ATG.
Complete excision was performed because of the patient's intermittent precordial pain and to exclude the possibility of malignancy.
The patient's pain was resolved. No recurrence was observed during the 6-month follow-up.
After review and analysis of the case, we found that plain and contrast-enhanced computed tomography scans showed that the mass had a similar intensity and enhancement to a cervical thyroid gland, which we think may be a useful clue for making a preoperative diagnosis of ATG.
aDepartment of Radiology, The First Hospital of Jilin University
bDepartment of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Changchun City, Changchun, China.
Correspondence: Hong-Wei Zhou, Department of Radiology, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Xinmin Street #71, Changchun, 130021, China (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Abbreviations: ATG = accessory thyroid gland, CT = computed tomography, ETG = ectopic thyroid gland.
Informed Consent: Informed consent was obtained from the patient to publish her case, and this study received approval from the Research Ethics Committee of The First Hospital of Jilin University.
The authors have no funding and conflicts of interest to disclose.
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Received November 14, 2017
Received in revised form December 2, 2017
Accepted December 6, 2017