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A Rare Case of Lateral Ectopic Thyroid

Paragliola, Rosa Maria MD; Papi, Giampaolo MD; Lovicu, Rosa Maria MD; Pontecorvi, Alfredo MD; Corsello, Salvatore M. MD

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000001401
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Ectopic thyroid tissue is an abnormality caused by aberrant thyroid gland embryogenesis during its passage from the floor of the primitive foregut to its final position. The most frequent place of ectopic thyroid tissue is the base of tongue, whereas lateral thyroid gland is a very rare finding. The present case describes a case of thyroid dysgenesis, caused by a submandibular ectopic thyroid gland. Thyroid scintigraphy was crucial for the diagnosis: in fact, the patient was asymptomatic, and the diagnosis was performed only on the basis of subclinical hypothyroidism.

From the Endocrinology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy.

Received for publication January 16, 2016; revision accepted August 26, 2016.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Correspondence to: Rosa Maria Paragliola, MD, Largo Agostino Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome, Italy. E-mail:

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