Sequestered Substernal Goiter

Paul W. Ladenson, Gordon C. Vineyard, Geraldine S. Pinkus, E. Chester Ridgway

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A young woman with a normally located and only subtly nodular thyroid gland in the neck was found to have a clinically distinct and radioisotopically “cold” anterior mediastinal mass, which proved to be a benign colloid adenoma. While this constellation of findings usually suggests the presence of a nonthyroidal neoplasm, eg, lymphoma, thymoma, or teratoma, our case illustrates that sequestered benign nodular goiter should also be considered in the differential diagnosis. Clinical clues, such as a nodular thyroid gland, movement of the mass with deglutition, and a family history of nodular goiter, should suggest this possibility. A characteristic computed tomographic appearance may also prove useful in recognition of this rare disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1015-1017
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of internal medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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