Hashimoto thyroiditis

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Ryan


Initially presented with goitre. Found to have abnormal thyroid hormone profile.

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Female

Selected images through the thyroid gland demonstrate it to be moderately enlarged, especially on the left, somewhat heterogeneous echo-texture. In the isthmus a mixed solid cystic lesion without blood flow (Doppler not shown) is also present. 

Images courtesy of Dr Meei Yeung


Total thyroidectomy performed


  • the gland is enlarged
  • the normal tan, fleshy appearance of thyroid parenchyma (residual parenchyma seen in the left lobe) is now seen as pale and homogeneous (R>L)
  • the U/S noted isthmus lesion is identified
  • there are no other suspicious macroscopic lesions


  • there is a diffuse reactive lymphoid infiltrate including activated follicles with germinal centres
  • there is gross distortion and replacement of normal thyroid microscopic architecture
  • the engulfed follicular epithelium often shows associated cytological changes including nuclear activation and cytoplasmic 'oncocytic'/'Hurtle cell' change

The isthmus cystic lesion was benign on histological examination

Case Discussion

This case illustrates the pathological appearances of Hashimoto thyroiditis, with ultrasound correlate. 

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Case information

rID: 17084
Case created: 15th Mar 2012
Last edited: 16th Jan 2016
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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