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Case Reports in Otolaryngology - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 548582, 4 pages -

Case Report

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ministry of Health Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, 06800 Ankara, Turkey

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Medicine, 06800 Ankara, Turkey

Received 30 March 2015; Accepted 23 April 2015

Academic Editor: Augusto Casani

Copyright © 2015 Elif Ersoy Callıoglu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ectopic thyroid gland may be detected at any place between foramen caecaum and normal thyroid localization due to inadequacy of the embryological migration of the thyroid gland. It has a prevalence varying between 1-10.000 and 1-100000 in the community. Usually follow-up without treatment is preferred except for obstructive symptoms, bleeding, and suspicion of malignity. Main symptoms are dysphagia, dysphonia, bleeding, dyspnea, and obstructive sleep apnea. In symptomatic cases, the first described method in surgical treatment is open approach since it is a region difficult to have access to. However, this approach has an increased risk of morbidity and postoperative complications. Transoral robotic surgery, which is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, has advantages such as larger three-dimensional point of view and ease of manipulation due to robotic instruments. In this report, a case at the age of 49 who presented to our clinic with obstructive symptoms increasing within the last year and was found to have lingual thyroid and underwent excision of ectopic thyroid tissue by da Vinci surgical system is presented.

Autor: Elif Ersoy Callıoglu, Kazım Bozdemir, Bulent Ulusoy, Tolga Oguzhan, and M. Hakan Korkmaz



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