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Lingual thyroid: ectopic gland in the tongue base
  1. Rabbi Swaby
    1. Paediatrics, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
    1. Correspondence to Dr Rabbi Swaby, Lincoln County Hospital, Greetwell Road, Lincoln LN2 5QY; rabbi.swaby{at}

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    A 6-year-old previously well girl was referred with an acute onset 10-day history of a sore throat and lump sensation when swallowing. She had a large mass protruding from the oropharynx (figure 1). Bilateral palatine tonsillar enlargement also narrowed the oropharynx. Her physical examination was otherwise normal, with no stridor, difficulty breathing or hoarse voice.

    Figure 1

    The ectopic thyroid gland emerging from the tongue base.

    An MRI demonstrated a well-circumscribed mass at the tongue base, …

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