Thyroid Goiters 101: The Goiter Growing Big in the Upper Chest

Thyroid Goiters 101: The Goiter Growing Big in the Upper Chest

Thyroid Goiters 101: The Goiter Growing Big in the Upper Chest

DR.Guttler’s comments.

43 Y/O F one month right arm and shoulder pain with weakness and tingling in the arm.She had no neck symptoms and no enlarged thyroid gland in the neck area.

X Ray of the shoulder showed a mass in the chest by arrow.

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CT imaging 12 cm mass in the superior mediastinum by arrow.

 

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Compression of vital structures seen.

PE Pain with the raising of the arm above head ( Neer Test).

Ct guided FNA diagnosis was a benign class II nodule.

Primary Goiters in the chest <1.0% of these are completely separate from the thyroid gland in the neck while secondary are connected to the thyroid gland in the neck 6%. These can be asymptomatic for years as they grow larger.When try compress the brachial plexus there is pain and weakness this is called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome TOS.

Treatment:

Chest surgery is needed. Complete removal of the multinodular goiter. Final DX Benign Goiter with Hurthle cell changes.

She had complete relief of her symptoms.

Extremely rare case.

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Gettle el al Endocrine practice 25(1) Jan.2019 p.117.

 

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