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Clinical Notes
April 10, 1967

Echinococcosis of the Thyroid Gland: Report of Two Cases

Author Affiliations

From the First Department of Surgery, Athens University School of Medicine, King Paul Hospital, Athens, Greece.

JAMA. 1967;200(2):178-179. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120150134038

ALTHOUGH echinococcosis in general continues to be widely spread in several countries, its location in organs other than the liver and the lungs is unusual, producing occasionally difficult diagnostic problems.1

At the First Surgical Clinic of Athens (Greece) University, during the period extending from 1955 through 1966, 344 patients with echinococcosis were hospitalized. In 176 of them the cysts were located in the liver, in 122 in the lungs, and in the remaining 46 in various organs (spleen, vertebral column, pericardium, etc).2

Hydatid cysts of the thyroid gland represent an extremely unusual location of the parasite even in countries where the disease is endemic. Up to 1950 only 96 cases had been reported in the international literature. Greek literature, one of the richest in the world on this subject, comprises 14 cases besides those presented here.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  One and one half months prior to