Ectopic Thyroid with Colloid Goitre Presenting as Submandibular Swelling: A Case Report

International Journal of Research in Health Sciences,2015,3,1,38-41.
Published:January 2015
Type:Case Report
Author(s) affiliations:

Chinglaiphaba Chongtham1, Sapam Opendro Singh2, Chetan Maibam3, Sridartha Khumukcham4, Th. Sudhir Chandra Singh

1Postgraduate trainee 2Assistant Professor 3,4Senior Registrar 5Professor, Department of General Surgery, RIMS, Imphal, Manipur, INDIA.


Although rare, the presence of ectopic thyroid in submandibular region should be considered in the differential diagnosis of submandibular swelling. Defects in the embryological development, implantation of thyroid fragments and abnormal migration of the thyroid gland usually results in this ectopic presentation. The ectopic thyroid is predisposed to a spectrum of inflammatory and neoplastic changes similar to that of a normal thyroid. Diagnosis is confirmed by fine needle aspiration cytology and malignancy is excluded by histopathological examination. Surgical treatment depends on the presence of a normal functioning thyroid. A rare case of ectopic thyroid with colloid goitre in the left submandibular region is reported.

Photograph of patient showing swelling in left submandibular region