Head and Neck Pathology

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 63–66 | Cite as

Ectopic Thyroid Presenting as a Submandibular Mass

  • Joseli Assem Bersaneti
  • Rafael Denadai Pigozzi Silva
  • Rodrigo Rizzo Nogueira Ramos
  • Marcus de Medeiros Matsushita
  • Luís Ricardo Martinhão SoutoEmail author
Case Report


Although extremely rare, the presence of ectopic thyroid tissue in the submandibular region should be considered in the differential diagnosis of tissue masses in the cervical region. Diagnosis is confirmed by fine-needle aspiration biopsy and exclusion of malignancy should be confirmed by histopathologic analysis of the lesion. In general, surgery is the treatment of choice. A rare case of ectopic thyroid in the right submandibular region is reported; it was diagnosed after total thyroidectomy and successfully treated through surgery.


Ectopic thyroid Thyroid dysgenesis Head and neck neoplasms Surgery Neck Differential diagnosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseli Assem Bersaneti
    • 1
  • Rafael Denadai Pigozzi Silva
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Rizzo Nogueira Ramos
    • 2
  • Marcus de Medeiros Matsushita
    • 3
  • Luís Ricardo Martinhão Souto
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of SurgerySchool of Medical Sciences, Universidade de Marília (UNIMAR)MaríliaBrazil
  2. 2.Centro Diagnóstico Médico (CDM)MaríliaBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Anatomic PathologySchool of Medical Sciences, Universidade de Marília (UNIMAR)MaríliaBrazil

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