Ectopic thyroid tissue in the ventricular outflow tract: Embryologie implications

Massimo Porqueddu, Carlo Antona, Gianluca Poivani, Giulio Pompilio, Dario Cavoretto, Luigi Gianolli, Vincenzo Arena, Andrea Sala, Paolo Bigiioli

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The case of a 66-year-old female patient with a tumor located in the right ventricular outflow tract is reported. Histologic examination of an intraoperative biopsy revealed that the tumor was an intracardiac ectopic thyroid. We performed conservative surgery with partial resection of the mass. After 5 years, the patient is asymptomatic and leading a normal life. The authors examine the relation between the embryologic development of the primitive heart and the thyroid primordium and suggest the hypothesis of ectopic thyroid location in the right- or left-ventricular outflow tract.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-526
Number of pages3
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • Heart neoplasm surgery
  • Intracardiac ectopic thyroid
  • Thyroid gland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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