The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Clinical Records

The importance of thyroid scanning in neck lumps – a case report of ectopic tissue in the right submandibular region

N. J. Morgana1 c1, P. Embertona2 and R. P. E. Bartona1

a1 Department of Otolaryngology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester.

a2 Department of Radiology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester.


We describe the case of a 50-year-old previously well female, who presented with a slowly growing mass in the right submandibular region. Imaging confirmed the absence of a normally placed thyroid and the presence of a lingual thyroid. The submandibular mass was excised and histological examination confirmed ectopic thyroid tissue. The embryological descent of the thyroid and the Sistrunk procedure are discussed as well as the importance of thyroid scanning in neck lumps.

(Accepted March 10 1995)


c1 Mr N. J. Morgan, F.R.C.S., Department of Otolaryngology, West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen, SA31 2AF.