Double Pyramidal Lobe of the Thyroid Gland.
A 58-year-old woman presented to our clinic with signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Biochemical analysis confirmed thyrotoxicosis. Ultrasonographic examination and thyroid nuclear scan revealed solid, hot, autonomous, hyperactive multiple nodules in both lobes. The diagnosis was toxic multinodular goiter. Before the surgery, written informed consent was obtained from the patient for both surgical management and scientific publication. The patient underwent total thyroidectomy. Full dissection of the lateral lobes was performed, and both the lateral lobes were mobilized medially after completing the surgical dissection. The anterior cervical region between the isthmus and the hyoid bone was completely dissected for identifying the presence of any thyroid tissue. Two different pyramidal lobes, rare anatomic variations that originated from the junction points of the isthmus with the right and the left lobes of the gland, were observed. Both the pyramidal lobes were completely dissected from the isthmus up to the hyoid bone. The thyroid gland, including the two pyramidal lobes, was completely excised to achieve total thyroidectomy. Pathological examination of the thyroidectomy specimen revealed two large pyramidal lobes (Figure 1). Written informed consent was obtained from the patient.
Completeness of thyroidectomy has great relevance for both autoimmune and malignant diseases. Remnant tissue after surgical operation may complicate the proper treatment of such diseases and the sensitive postoperative follow-up of patients. Based on its high incidence, the pyramidal lobe is considered as a normal component of the thyroid gland that may be affected by the diseases that affect the rest of the thyroid parenchyma and uncommonly harbor malignant disease (2). Anatomic variations of the gland, remnant pyramidal lobes, preclude complete removal of thyroid tissue, which can cause recurrent goiter.
The incidence of pyramidal lobe is significantly higher in thyroidectomy cases. In fact, surgeons generally find a single pyramidal lobe. Conversely, the presence of double pyramidal lobes is extremely rare, and we could find only three previous cases in the English literature (3-5). All the reported patients with double pyramidal lobes were women who had various thyroid diseases indicating surgical intervention (Table 1). If pyramidal lobe is not excised during total thyroidectomy, postoperative hypertrophy of this remnant tissue may result in recurrent disease or appear as a midline lump years after the primary operation. The presence of pyramidal lobe is a typical example of an anatomic variation of the thyroid. The presence of two pyramidal lobes is an extremely rare occurrence that may affect the completeness of thyroidectomy. Various locations of the base of pyramidal lobe generally require careful dissection of both the pretracheal and the prelaryngeal regions from the upper border of the isthmus up to the upper border of the thyroid cartilage in most of the patients and sometimes up to the hyoid bone. Therefore, the anterior cervical region has to be dissected carefully during surgery so that no residual thyroid tissue remains.
Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.
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Department of Surgery, Duzce University School of Medicine, Duzce, Turkey
Address for Correspondence: Dr. Emin Gurleyik, Department of Surgery, Duzce University School of Medicine, Duzce, Turkey
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Received: 6December 2017
Accepted: 22March 2018
* DOI: 10.4274/balkanmedj.2017.1581
TABLE 1. Characteristics of patients with double pyramidal lobes published in the literature References Patients Diseases Ignjatovic (3) 2009 54-y woman MNG, suspicious for papillary carcinoma Hakeem et al. (4) 2016 56-y woman Papillary carcinoma Kaklamanos et al. (5) 2017 45-y woman Benign MNG Present patient 58-y woman Toxic MNG References Imaging Surgery Ignjatovic (3) 2009 Ultrasound: Multiple nodular lesions of 10-30 mm in diameter, in both lobes TT Hakeem et al. (4) 2016 Ultrasound: 4x5 cm solid nodule in the left lobe TT Kaklamanos et al. (5) 2017 Ultrasound: Multiple solid nodules in both lobes TT Present patient Ultrasound and nuclear scan: Multiple solid and hot nodules in both lobes TT MNG: multinodular goiter; TT: total thyroidectomy
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|Date:||Aug 1, 2018|
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