Acute Suppurative Thyroiditis
The thyroid gland is remarkably resistant to infectious agents owing to several protective mechanisms; therefore, acute suppurative thyroiditis is rarely seen. The most common agents are Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. In this chapter, we report a man who presented with sudden onset left-sided neck swelling with pain and redness. His physical and laboratory examinations suggested acute suppurative thyroiditis due to a rare microorganism Burkholderia cepacia and treated successfully with appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Acute suppurative thyroiditis is a rare disease but should be kept in mind in any patient with acute painful neck swelling around thyroid gland. Although most common organisms are Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, physicians should be aware of the probability of other rare microorganisms.
KeywordsAcute Suppurative Infectious Thyroiditis Abscess
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