Nigerian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology

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Microfilaria in thyroid gland fine needle aspiration cytology - an unusual finding

Ravi Meher, Ashu Garg Sompal Singh


Involvement of thyroid gland by filariasis is an unusual finding. We report a case in which microfilaria was found in thyroid aspirate smear. Patient did not have any symptoms or signs suggestive of filariasis. The patient was treated with diethylcarbamazine and a later hemithyroidectomy was performed. We reviewed the literature and discussed possible reasons for finding a microfilaria in thyroid gland.

KEYWORDS: microfilaria, aspiration cytology, thyroid gland

Nigerian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Vol. 3(1) 2006: 36-38

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