Salmonella brandenburg: A novel cause of acute suppurative thyroiditis

L. Chiovato, G. Canale, D. Maccherini, V. Falcone, F. Pacini, A. Pinchera

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A patient with suppurative thyroiditis due to infection with Salmonella brandenburg is reported. Localization of the infection occurred to a pre-existing thyroid nodule after Salmonella bacteremia. S. brandenburg was isolated in pure culture from the fluid obtained by needle aspiration of the suppurated thyroid nodule. Surgical drainage followed by subtotal thyroidectomy was required to cure the disease. No evidence of pyriform sinus fistula was found. Suppurative thyroiditis due to Salmonella ubiquitous serotypes is an extremely rare condition, and infection to the thyroid produced by S. brandenburg is reported now for the first time. Indeed, the isolation rate of S. brandenburg from all human sources is low, and this microorganism is an uncommon agent of bacteremia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-442
Number of pages4
JournalActa Endocrinologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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