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Retrosternal thyroid

Definition

The thyroid gland is normally located at the front of the neck. A retrosternal thyroid refers to the abnormal placement of all or part of the thyroid gland below the breastbone (sternum).

Alternative Names

Substernal thyroid; Mediastinal goiter

Review Date: 
5/17/2010
Reviewed By: 
Shabir Bhimji MD, PhD, Specializing in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Midland, TX. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.