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Primary Echinococcus Cyst of the Thyroid Gland

Liratzopoulos, Nikolaos; Efremidou, Eleni I.; Papageorgiou, Michael S. MD, PhD; Minopoulos, Georgios J.; Manolas, Konstantinos J.

doi: 10.1097/01.ten.0000240937.55857.01
Case Report
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An echinococcus cyst in the thyroid gland is rare, and it usually presents as a solitary nodule, which may mimic a thyroid carcinoma. A case of primary hydatid disease of the thyroid gland, presenting as a solitary thyroid nodule, is reported. Preoperative investigation did not establish the diagnosis and a total thyroidectomy was performed. The histologic examination confirmed the diagnosis. Postoperative investigation showed it to be a solitary primary thyroid hydatid cyst.

From the First Department of Surgery, University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece.

Reprints: Eleni I. Efremidou, First Department of Surgery, University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Dragana, 68100, Alexandroupolis, Greece. E-mail: eeffraem@med.duth.gr.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.