Papillary carcinoma arising in median ectopic thyroid tissue: Management of the thyroid gland

April 30, 2010
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Abstract

Thyroid tissue in an ectopic location is rare, 1 in 100,000 to 300,000 persons, and usually in the lateral neck. Median ectopic thyroid tissue is even more unusual, with the vast majority of cases being lingual thyroid tissue. We present a case of carcinoma arising in median, nonlingual ectopic thyroid tissue along with an analysis of the literature to determine the most appropriate management of the orthotopic thyroid gland.

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