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Acute airway obstruction due to spontaneous intrathyroidal haemorrhage
  1. Niels Krintel Petersen,
  2. Sebastian Udholm and
  3. Stefano Christian Londero
  1. Otorhinolaryngology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Midtjylland, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Niels Krintel Petersen; niels.krintel.petersen{at}


A woman in her mid-80’s collapsed while home due to a sudden onset of swelling on her neck compromising the airway. She was intubated on-site and brought to the trauma-centre where she was diagnosed with an intrathyroidal bleeding with compression of the trachea. A subacute left sided thyroid lobectomy was performed, giving immediate relief to the displaced and compressed airway. The patient was discharged after 3 days. The final histopathological examination revealed a microfollicular adenoma with extensive bleeding.

  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • prehospital
  • thyroid disease
  • otolaryngology / ENT
  • head and neck surgery

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  • Contributors NKP: involved in the care and follow-up of this patient. Main author and initiator of writing this case report. SU: major revisions of the manuscript. SCL: performed the surgery and contributed with major revisions of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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