Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Medical Science) ›› 2022, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (10): 1504-1510.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2022.10.018

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Acute suppurative thyroiditis: a case report and literature review

WANG Juan(), CHEN Qimou, LIU Qicong, CHEN Guangmin, JIANG Peng, ZHANG Rui, ZHOU Houdi()   

  1. Department of Endocrinology, University-Town Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 401331, China
  • Received:2022-03-01 Accepted:2022-06-18 Online:2022-10-28 Published:2022-12-02
  • Contact: ZHOU Houdi;
  • Supported by:
    Scientific and Technological Research Program of Chongqing Municipal Education Commission(KJQN202000447)


Acute suppurative thyroiditis (AST) is a rare and possibly fatal thyroid disease. A case with "sore throat one month accompanied by left neck mass for two weeks" as the main presentation was reported. The clinical presentation was atypical, and was mistaken for subacute thyroiditis. She was treated with glucocorticoid. The diagnosis of AST was confirmed after ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration, due to poor efficacy. The features of AST patients over the age of fifty years were also analyzed.

Key words: acute suppurative thyroiditis (AST), subacute thyroiditis, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration

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