Graves' Disease in a Patient With Ectopic Mediastinal Thyroid

Gorur G., Isgoren S., Tan Y. Z., Utkan Z., Demir H., Berk F.

CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE, vol.36, no.11, pp.1039-1040, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/rlu.0b013e3182291c15
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1039-1040
  • Keywords: Graves' disease, ectopic thyroid, mediastinal goiter, thyroid scanning, OF-THE-LITERATURE, TISSUE
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Abnormalities in the embryologic development and migration of the thyroid gland can result in ectopic thyroid tissue. Ectopic mediastinal goiters are somewhat uncommon developmental anomalies, accounting for less than 1% of all thyroid ectopies. Graves' disease within mediastinal goiter is a very rare entity, described only in few cases in English literature. Pretracheal thyroidectomy alone does not cure Graves' disease and can stimulate growth of the ectopic tissue in such cases.