Case Report

Supraglottic Upper Airway Obstruction as a Result of Fibrous Variant of Hashimoto Thyroiditis: A Case Report


Department of Otolaryngology, Consultant Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece


Department of Radiology,Consultant Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece


Department of Pathology, Consultant Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece


Department of Endocrinology, Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece

B-ENT 2022; 18: 212-215
DOI: 10.5152/B-ENT.2022.21167
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Upper airway symptoms combined with abnormal laryngoscopic findings usually suggest neoplastic, inflammatory, or allergic conditions of the larynx. In such cases, thyroid disease may not be included in the differential diagnosis and serious conditions may be overlooked. In this study, we present a case of a 59-year-old man who presented with difficulty in breathing due to supraglottic soft-tissue edema, which was a result of severe thyroid enlargement. Total thyroidectomy was performed and histology revealed a fibrous variant of Hashimoto thyroiditis. The patient was relieved of his symptoms following surgery and supraglottic edema receded. Thyroid disease should be included in the differential diagnosis of chronic supraglottic laryngeal edema.

Cite this article as: Chroni M, E, Pagianni E, Stratigou T. Supraglottic upper airway obstruction as a result of fibrous variant of hashimoto thyroiditis: A case report. B-ENT 2022;18(3):212-215.

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