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Open Access Case report

Ectopic thyroid in an adrenal mass: a case report

Jun Hagiuda1, Isao Kuroda14*, Takuji Tsukamoto1, Munehisa Ueno1, Chizuko Yokota2, Takanori Hirose3 and Nobuhiro Deguchi1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Urology, Saitama Medical University, Saitama, Japan

2 Department of Internal Medicine, Saitama Medical University, Saitama, Japan

3 Department of Pathology, Saitama Medical University, Saitama, Japan

4 Department of Urology, Saitama Medical University, 38 Morohongo. Moroyamamachi, Iruma, Saitama 3500495, Japan

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BMC Urology 2006, 6:18  doi:10.1186/1471-2490-6-18

Published: 10 August 2006



It is difficult to explain ectopic thyroid beneath the diaphragm because during the development the thyroid descends from the tongue to the anterior of the trachea. A few cases of ectopic lesions have been reported in the literature for abdominal organs including the adrenal glands, but the mechanism by which the thyroid components migrate into the abdomen has been poorly understood.

Case presentation

A 54-year-old woman was diagnosed as having an adrenal mass. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy was carried out. Microscopically, the mass was composed of normal adrenal and ectopic thyroid tissues.


We herein describe the fourth case reported of ectopic thyroid in the adrenal gland.