Palpation thyroiditis

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Palpation thyroiditis refers to the development of thyroid inflammation due to mechanical damage to thyroid follicles.[1]This can occur by vigorous repeated palpation (as with thyroid examination) or surgical manipulation (as can occur with radical neck dissection). It is a type of subacute thyroiditis. Pathology shows multifocal granulomatous folliculitis. T cells predominate compared to B cells. There may be initial transient hyperthyroidism due to leakage of preformed thyroid hormone in blood.[2][3]


  1. ^ Madill, EM; Cooray, SD; Bach, LA (2016). "Palpation thyroiditis following subtotal parathyroidectomy for hyperparathyroidism.". Endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism case reports. 2016. PMC 4967109Freely accessible. PMID 27482385. doi:10.1530/EDM-16-0049. 
  2. ^ Carney, J.; Moore, S.; Northcutt, R.; Woolner, L.; Stillwell, G. (1975). "Palpation thyroiditis (multifocal granulomatour folliculitis)". American journal of clinical pathology. 64 (5): 639–647. PMID 1242618. 
  3. ^ Becker, Kenneth L. (2001), Kenneth L. Becker, ed., Principles and practice of endocrinology and metabolism, Page 957 (3 ed.), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, p. 461, ISBN 978-0-7817-1750-2