Clinical thyroiditis: Unusual mimics

Arun Shirali, Priyanka Arun Shirali, Santhoor Vijendra Shenoy, Mulki Pandurang Kamath

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Thyroiditis can be due to infection/autoimmunity with different clinical presentations. Correctly diagnosing and initiating treatment is a challenge to the treating physician. We present two cases of thyroiditis, who approached Abstract the physician for different complaints. The first was a female with a change in voice, foreign body sensation in throat, laryngoscopy showing left vocal cord paralysis, reduced thyroid stimulating hormone. An ultrasound neck was suggestive of thyroiditis, and a contrast enhanced computed tomography scan showed a bulky thyroid with enlarged cervical lymphadenopathy. The second patient was a female with high-grade fever, chills and the inability to take fluids-food. Assessment revealed bilateral enlarged, inflamed tonsils-membranous exudate, tender jugulo-digastric lymphadenopathy and a Technetium-99 thyroid scan suggestive of thyroiditis. Patients were admitted, treated with steroids, antipyretics, antibiotics, cured and discharged. At the three-month follow-up, they were asymptomatic, video laryngoscopy showed normal vocal cords with equal mobility in the first patient and the thyroid profile within normal range for both patients. These cases highlight that thyroiditis can co-exist with benign vocal cord palsy or occasionally also with inflammations of local tissues, such as the tonsils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-252
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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