Airway obstruction secondary to large thyroid adenolipoma

N. Fitzpatrick, P. Malik, Anton Hinton-Bayré, R.H. Lewis

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    Copyright 2014 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Adenolipoma of the thyroid gland is a rare benign neoplasm composed of normal thyroid and mature adipose tissue. Ordinarily, only a small amount of fat exists in a normal thyroid gland. CT and MRI may differentiate between benign and malignant lesions, and fine-needle aspirate often assists diagnosis. Surgical excision for adenolipoma is considered curative. We report the case of a 67-year-old man presenting with a large neck lump and evidence of airway obstruction. Imaging revealed a 97x70 mm left thyroid mass with retropharyngeal extension and laryngotracheal compression. Hemithyroidectomy was performed with subsequent histology confirming a large thyroid adenolipoma. The patient's symptoms resolved and he remains asymptomatic with no sign of recurrence 2 years postsurgery.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-3
    JournalBMJ Case Reports
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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