Published: 2022-03-24

Pediatric thyroid abscess: an unusual late complication of COVID-19 infection

Tripti Maithani, Mudit Gupta, Rishabh Dogra, Sharad Hernot


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection in children usually presents as mild infection. There have been several reported papers of thyroid dysfunction in adults suffering from SARS-CoV-2 infection but there hasn’t been any reported case in pediatric population. We report first pediatric case of post COVID-19 thyroid abscess that developed 6 weeks post infection.


Thyroid abscess, Pediatric COVID disease, SARS-CoV-2 infection, Thyroid dysfunction

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