Lingual thyroid: a review of 12 cases

Kamat, M. R. ; Kulkarni, J. N. ; Desai, P. B. ; Jussawalla, D. J. (1979) Lingual thyroid: a review of 12 cases British Journal of Surgery, 66 (8). pp. 537-539. ISSN 0007-1323

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Twelve patients with lingual thyroid are reviewed. Two of these patients had a follicular carcinoma in the ectopic gland and both are well 5 and 16 years after treatment. The diagnosis is essentially clinical but confirmation may be made with a thyroid scan. Six patients were treated conservatively with thyroxine with good results. Six patients were treated by surgical excision, 2 undergoing autotransplantation of the excised gland into the anterior abdominal wall.

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