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          VOLUME 41 / ISSUE 2

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7 - Subacute thyroiditis due to brucellosis case report and review of the literature

Abdulkadir Küçükbayrak, Mustafa Yıldırım, Davut Özdemir, Rezan Gergin, Ertuğrul Güçlü

Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease that remains endemic worldwide. Brucellosis shows the involvement of many systems, however, thyroid gland involvement is rare. The diagnosis is based on clinical findings compatible with brucellosis, positive standard tube agglutination titer (>1/160 in non-endemic areas, >1/320 or >1/640 in endemic areas), and/or isolation of Brucella spp. from blood, other tissues or fluids. If the standard tube agglutination test is negative the diagnosis could be based on positive Brucella IgM antibodies and clinical findings compatible with brucellosis. This paper reports the case of a 19-year-old woman who had been followed up with the subacute thyroiditis. This case was diagnosed subacute thyroiditis due to Brucellosis as clinical findings, increased thyroid function tests and thyroglobulin antibody, positive Brucella IgM antibodies and thyroid scintigraphy.

Keywords: Brucellosis, subacute thyroiditis, positive Brucella Ig-M

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