Thyroiditis: unusual mimics

We present two cases of thyroiditis, who approached 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.PMID:34528612 | DOI:10.4997/JRCPE.2021.308
Source: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - Category: General Medicine Authors: Source Type: research

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