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Table 1 Laboratory measures, clinical signs and cultures in patients with thyroid abscess

From: Acute suppurative thyroiditis with thyroid abscess in adults: clinical presentation, treatment and outcomes

  CRP mg/L ESR mm/hr Fever ºC TSH mIU/L Free T 4 pmol/L TRAb mIU/L TPOab kIU/L Tissue cultures Blood cultures FNA
Case 1 180 28–75 40 0.1 15 Neg Neg NA Strep pneumonia Lymphocytes, granulocytes macrophages
Case 2 328 127 37.9 0.08 57 Neg NA E coli Neg × 6 Granulocytes cell debris
Case 3 104 40 38 1.4 13 < 0.3 45 Neg Neg x 2 Macrophages giant cellsa
Case 4 87 26 39 0.9 9 0.9bb 0.5ccc Neg Neg x 2 Granulocytes macrophages
Case 5 426 NA 38.4 NA NA NA NA   Strepto- cocci s  
Case 6 202 NA 39.3 0.1 21 < 0.3   Hemophilus Candida Peptostrepto- cocci  
Normal < 3 < 20   0.4–3.5/4.7 8–22 < 0.3 < 0.34    
  1. aThree weeks after initial lab tests. bbref. < 1.0. E/L. cccref. < 5.0 kE/L. See text for detail as biochemical references were not identical in all tests
  2. FNA, fine needle aspiration. Neg, negative. NA, not available. s, sanguinis