Journal Article

Actinomycotic Suppurative Thyroiditis in a Child

Nihal Karatoprak, Zeynep Atay, Nurdan Erol, Sevil Bilir Goksugur and Omer Ceran

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 51, issue 6, pages 383-385
Published in print December 2005 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmi030
Actinomycotic Suppurative Thyroiditis in a Child

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Aim: To present a rare case of actinomycotic suppurative thyroiditis in an infant with provision of the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical findings and treatment of this rare disease.

Design: A report of an 18-month-old female infant who presented with fever, erythema, induration and tenderness of the neck. The patient had the diagnosis of acute suppurative thyroiditis after a series of laboratory evaluation.

Result: She was treated successfully with surgical debridement and intravenous penicillin G.

Conclusion: Although rare, Actinomyces spp. should be considered in the etiology of acute suppurative thyroiditis. Because of its fastidious nature the probability of positive culture is low, thus, the microbiology laboratory should be called in advance to make preparations before culture and transport.

Journal Article.  1268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics

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