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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 814-816

Diffuse infiltration of Aspergillus hyphae in the thyroid gland with multinodular goiter


1 Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty of Duzce University, Duzce, Turkey
2 Department of Infectious Diseases, Medical Faculty of Duzce University, Duzce, Turkey

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Havva Erdem
Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty of Duzce University, Duzce, 81000
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/0377-4929.91530

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A 35-year-old woman presented with a thyroid mass, weakness and shortness of breath of 3 years duration. On physical examination, she had a diffusely enlarged thyroid gland with multiple nodules. There were no signs to suggest immune suppression. The patient farmed and raised livestock. Biochemical tests and hemogram were normal. She underwent surgery, and a histological examination of the surgical specimen revealed nodular hyperplasia. Microscopically, silver methenamine (PASM) stain-positive hyphae that divided into branches at 45° and conidia were detected beside the thyroid capsule, with conidia in the cystic nodule. Moreover, ischemic changes of the thyroid tissue were observed closer to the capsule. We report a case of Aspergillosis of the thyroid of a patient who underwent surgery for a multinodular goiter.


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