Table of ContentsDefinition / general
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Definition / general
- Outdated, imprecise term (Surgery 1993;114:1103); should not be used by pathologists
- Term "lateral aberrant thyroid" has been known since 1779 (Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2016;273:2867); today it is rarely found in surgical textbooks
- Aberrant thyroid is a mass of tissue having the structure of a normal or pathological thyroid gland, but situated at some definite distance from the normal thyroid, with which it has no connection (Schrager, 1906, cited from Ann Surg 1942;115:161) - or, more strictly, lateral to the jugular vein (Wenig: Atlas of Head and Neck Pathology, 3rd Edition, 2015)
- Collective ("umbrella") term, largely represented by metastatic carcinoma or benign parasitic nodule
- Conditions formerly called "lateral aberrant thyroid" are indicated below: