Some writers call the accessory thyroids, "lingual goiter." The term "goiter" given to such affections is an improper one, since the histo-pathology shows that not all aberrant or accessory thyroids have the structure of a goiter, which implies a pathologic thyroid. In several instances the histology of the accessory gland was exactly the same as that of the normal thyroid. Perhaps, even the term "accessory" is not proper, since in some cases, as will be seen later, the so-called accessory thyroid was the only one of the individual. Aberrant thyroids would be the most satisfactory term, indicating a thyroid situated outside of the normal area. For the sake of convenience, however, I will respect the term "accessory" generally used in the description of these tumors. While anatomists, and even pathologists, are more or less familiar with the accessory thyroid, the clinician has rarely an opportunity to meet such tumors. On
MURPHY JB. SUPERIOR ACCESSORY THYROIDS.. JAMA. 1905;XLV(25):1854–1862. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510250020002c
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.