Acute suppurative thyroiditis presenting as a painless thyroid swelling

  • Say Hien Keah
  • Choong Kheong Leong
Keywords: Acute suppurative thyroiditis, Klebsiella pneumoniae septicaemia


Acute suppurative thyroiditis is a rare disorder. We saw a 24 year old man with this condition that present atypically. The patient had a non-tender thyroid enlargement associated with fever and leukocytosis. FNA cytology clinched the diagnosis. The abscess was associated with Klebsiella pneumoniae septicemia and required surgical drainage after failing antibiotic therapy.


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How to Cite
KeahS. H., & LeongC. K. (2006). Acute suppurative thyroiditis presenting as a painless thyroid swelling. Malaysian Family Physician, 1(2 & 3), 4. Retrieved from
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