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Revista Médica Electrónica

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CASTRO MORILLO, Ana María et al. De Quervain's granulomatous thyroiditis. Diagnosis by cytology with thin needle. Rev. Med. Electrón. [online]. 2013, vol.35, n.1, pp.52-61. ISSN 1684-1824.

De Quervain's thyroiditis, also called sub-acute thyroiditis or thyroiditis of giant cells, is frequently preceded by an infectious picture of the high respiratory tract. Its diagnosis is eminently clinical; but the usage of the cytology by aspiration of the thyroid with thin needle, confirm or denied the clinical conclusions according to the cytological characteristics. This technique was used in six patients with different clinical and ultrasound results, because of the necessity of arriving to a correct differential diagnosis with other forms of hyperthyroidism with worse evolvable diagnosis. The cytology by aspiration with thin needle in these cases showed to be an efficacious weapon for that, so we decided to prepare this presentation.

Keywords : hyperthyroidism; De Quervain's thyroiditis; sub-acute thyroiditis; granulomatous thyroiditis; cytology; cytology by aspiration with thin needle.

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