Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
    Users Online: 545
Home Print this page Email this page Small font size Default font size Increase font size
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 158-160

Imaging of the lingual thyroid: Case report and management

1 Department of Radio Diagnosis, Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital, Geetanjali University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Geetanjali Dental and Research Institute, Geetanjali University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Ravinder Kumar
AG-1, Geetanjali Medical Campus, Manvakhera, Udaipur, Rajasthan - 313 002
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-0521.195824

Rights and Permissions

Lingual thyroid is a rare developmental abnormality characterized by the failure of the thyroid gland, or remnants, to descend from anywhere along its embryologic path of origin at the foramen cecum to its normal eutopic pretracheal position. Awareness of the anatomic course of the embryologic thyroid primordium and typical and atypical locations of ectopic thyroid tissue may aid in diagnosis. The reported incidence of lingual thyroid is 1 in 100,000, and it is more common in females, with a female:male ratio ranging between 3:1 and 7:1. Lingual thyroid located at the base of tongue often present with hypothyroidism, usually asymptomatic but may cause dysphonia, dysphagia, upper airway obstruction, and hemorrhage. In the current case report, we present the imaging characteristics of lingual thyroid occurring in a 12-year-old female patient. Partial endoscopic removal of lingual thyroid was performed, followed by substitutive exogenous thyroid hormone therapy. The purpose of this article is to discuss the radiological characteristics and therapeutic issues in the management of lingual thyroid.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded200    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal