Lingual thyroid: An unusual and surgically curable cause of sleep apnoea in a male

Peters, Peter, Stark, Patrick, Essig Jr, Garth, Lorincz, Balasz, Bowman, James, Tran, Khoa and Coman, Scott (2010) Lingual thyroid: An unusual and surgically curable cause of sleep apnoea in a male. Sleep and Breathing, 14 4: 377-380. doi:10.1007/s11325-010-0351-6


Author Peters, Peter
Stark, Patrick
Essig Jr, Garth
Lorincz, Balasz
Bowman, James
Tran, Khoa
Coman, Scott
Title Lingual thyroid: An unusual and surgically curable cause of sleep apnoea in a male
Journal name Sleep and Breathing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1520-9512
1522-1709
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11325-010-0351-6
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 377
End page 380
Total pages 4
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Lingual thyroid is a rare embryological abnormality that occurs as a result of failed descent of the thyroid gland.
Case report: We report the case of a 39-year-old male with an incidental finding of a lingual thyroid during intubation for surgery for lower limb fractures. A sleep study indicated an RDI of 38.6, consistent with severe sleep apnoea. The ectopic thyroid was excised via a suprahyoid approach, with resolution of apnoeic symptoms post-operatively. A follow-up sleep study subsequent to his operation confirmed an RDI of 3.7.
Conclusion: This is the first time a lingual thyroid causing sleep apnoea has been studied with pre- and post-treatment sleep studies. This is also the first recorded instance of lingual thyroid causing sleep apnoea has been recorded in a male.
Keyword Lingual thyroid
Sleep apnoea
Suprahyoid
Surgery
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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