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Am J Otolaryngol. 1991 Jan-Feb;12(1):6-11.

Acute suppurative thyroiditis and the branchial apparatus.

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Department of Otolaryngology, SUNY-Health Science Center, Brooklyn, NY.


Acute suppurative thyroiditis and thyroid abscess are rare. The finding of a sinus tract arising from the pyriform sinus in some cases highlights the possibility of a branchial apparatus origin. We present three case histories that include a left-sided lesion and radiologic or surgical-anatomic evidence of an internal sinus tract. Our discussion focuses on two considerations: first, the exact branchial pouch from which this lesion arises, and second, a proposed protocol for the work-up and management of patients with the onset or recurrence of acute suppurative thyroiditis or thyroid abscess.

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