A 47-year-old diabetic ethanol and intravenous drug abuser presented with symptoms and signs indistinguishable from subacute thyroiditis. After cultures of cerebrospinal fluid grew Cryptococcus neoformans, the organism was recognized in a review of a fine needle aspirate of the thyroid. Postmortem examination documented extensive thyroid inflammation and fibrosis secondary to involvement by widely disseminated C. neoformans. Fungal infection is an uncommon cause of thyroiditis, and the need for a clinical awareness of fungal thyroiditis is emphasized, as is the need to utilize special stains to detect opportunistic infections when examining cytologic preparations from immunocompromised patients.
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 1985|