Thyroid abscess in a 5 year old child caused by Enterococcus species: a rare case report


  • Pradeep Rajbhandari Department of ENT-HNS, Dhulikhel hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital, Kavre, Nepal
  • Bikash Lal Shrestha Department of ENT-HNS, Dhulikhel hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital, Kavre, Nepal
  • Ashish Dhakal Department of ENT-HNS, Dhulikhel hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital, Kavre, Nepal



Enterococcus species, Infection, Thyroid abscess, Thyroid gland


Thyroid abscess is a rare clinical entity which is attributable to its unique anatomical and physical characteristics which makes it resistant to infection. Thyroid gland is resistant to infection because of its rich blood supply and lymphatic drainage, an iodine rich environment and separation of the gland from other structures of neck by facial planes. In our case report, 5 years old male patient presented with a painful anterior midline neck swelling which was diagnosed as thyroid abscess caused by Enterococcus species. The patient was successfully treated with surgical drainage and appropriate antibiotics. 


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