This site is intended for healthcare professionals

Go to /sign-in page

You can view 5 more pages before signing in

Thyroid abscess

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

Infection of the thyroid is rare. It usually occurs in young children or debilitated patients. Most often, it occurs secondary to infection elsewhere.

Bacterial infection is most common. Agents include staphylococcal aureus - in one third of cases - streptococci, Salmonella, Enterobacter and mycobacteria. Fungal infection is rare.

Presentation is usually with painful enlargement of the thyroid gland.

The condition is usually transient. It may be treated with surgical drainage and antibiotics.

Long term thyroid dysfunction is rare.


Related pages

Create an account to add page annotations

Annotations allow you to add information to this page that would be handy to have on hand during a consultation. E.g. a website or number. This information will always show when you visit this page.