Ectopic lingual thyroid

Case contributed by Hidayatullah Hamidi
Diagnosis certain


Feeling of lump in the anterior superior cervical region.

Patient Data

Age: 13 years
Gender: Female

Normal bilobed thyroid gland is not seen in its position. Instead a slightly echogenic homogeneous structure is seen in the sublingual region.


No thyroid tissue is seen at the normal thyroid bed anterior to the larynx and upper trachea.

Instead, a rounded, well defined, homogeneously enhancing ectopic thyroid tissue is seen at the base of the tongue.

Case Discussion

Ectopic thyroid gland is a congenital anomaly with female predilection. Lingual thyroid makes up approximately 90% of ectopic thyroid glands.

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