Virchows Archiv A

, Volume 351, Issue 2, pp 87–98 | Cite as

Ultrastructure of the thyroid in De Quervain's subacute granulomatous thyroiditis

  • Pierre Nève


An electron microscope study of excised thyroid fragments from a case of De Quervain's subacute thyroiditis is reported. Deposit of material along the basement membrane making the latter apparently thickened, cytoplasmic alterations and stratification of thyroid cells seem to be induced by the thyroiditis process itself. The characteristic giant cells are syncytia resulting from fusion of inflammatory cells. The pathology is specific of a granuloma and is strikingly different from that of the other thyroidites.


Public Health Electron Microscope Stratification Inflammatory Cell Basement Membrane 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Nève
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  1. 1.Department of Medicine, St. Pierre Hospital, Laboratory of Electron Microscopy, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of BrusselsBrusselsBelgium

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