the CT findings of acute thyroiditis and acute suppurative thyroiditis

Peter J. Bernard, Peter M. Som, Mark L. Urken, William Lawson, Hugh F. Biller

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Although acute thyroiditis often has a distinctive clinical presentation, this relatively uncommon entity can occasionally be confused with other inflammatory processes. In general, the earlier the diagnosis of acute thyroiditis is established, the lower is the frequency and severity of its attendant complications. Computed tomography (CT) is an extremely useful modality in establishing the diagnosis early because it can evaluate iodine content of the thyroid gland and provides more accurate mapping than ultrasound and nuclear medicine techniques. Three patients with acute thyroiditis—two with suppuration—are presented and the CT findings and clinical aspects of this disease are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-493
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes


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