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Journal of Medical Case Reports

, 4:258

First Online: 10 August 2010Received: 24 October 2009Accepted: 10 August 2010DOI: 10.1186-1752-1947-4-258

Cite this article as: Sharma, A., Naraynsingh, V. & Teelucksingh, S. J Med Case Reports 2010 4: 258. doi:10.1186-1752-1947-4-258

Abstract

IntroductionBenign cervical goiters rarely cause acute airway obstruction.

Case presentationWe report the case of a 64-year-old woman of African descent who presented with acute shortness of breath. She required immediate intubation and later a total thyroidectomy for a benign cervical multi-nodular goiter with no retrosternal tracheal compression.

ConclusionBenign multi-nodular goiters are commonly left untreated once euthyroid. Peak inspiratory flow rates should be measured via spirometry in all goiters to assess the degree of tracheal compression. Once tracheal compression is identified, an elective total thyroidectomy should be performed to prevent morbidity and mortality from acute airway obstruction.

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Autor: Anu Sharma - Vijay Naraynsingh - Surujpaul Teelucksingh

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