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2019: Volume 1, Issue 1

Dysphagia Caused by a Lingual Thyroid: Case Report

Liceaga-Reyes Rodrigo1, Del Bosque Jorge2, Fuenmayor Luis G3, Guerrero Daniel4, Romero-Oyuela Stefanny5

1Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Specialties Hospital, Campeche, Mexico
2Head, Head and Neck Service, Oncology Unit, Juarez Hospital, Mexico
3Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Specialties General Hospital, Guadalajara, Mexico
4Head and Neck Surgeon, Private Practice, Queretaro, Mexico
5Resident, Maxillofacial Prosthesis Specialty, UNAM, Mexico

*Corresponding author: Rodrigo Liceaga-Reyes, Cirugia Oral, Maxilofacial e Implantes, Calle 49 #34, Circuito Baluartes, CP 24010 San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche, Mexico.

Received: August 12, 2019
Published: September 5, 2019


An ectopic thyroid is rare pathology without a specific etiology and it can produce dysphagia. This pathology was first described in 1869 for Hickman in a newborn. The thyroid gland begins its development during the third week of intrauterine life as a thickening of the endoderm in the midline on the floor of the pharynx between the first and second branchial arch. Later in 7th week reaches its final position anterior to the trachea. The lingual thyroid represents an alteration in the development, which results from a lack in the descent and migration of the thyroid in the embryonic period and this can be found in the midline usually, in a location that goes from the circumvallated papilla to the epiglottis. An incidence of 1:30000 to 1:100000 has been reported, however, in recent macroscopic and microscopic observations, thyroid tissue has been found in 10%. In relation to sex, it is more frequent in women than men with a ratio of 1:4 to 1:7. The 70% of cases are not other thyroid tissue. This clinical case report dysphagia caused by a lingual thyroid and surgical treatment is presented.

Keywords: Lingual Thyroid; Ectopic Thyroid; Hypothyroidism

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