Acute Suppurative Thyroiditis

Acute suppurative thyroiditis is a rare form of thyroiditis caused by a bacterial infection that causes pus to collect and form an abscess within the thyroid gland. The bacterial infection may be carried in the bloodstream from anywhere in the body or it may come from the throat itself. Because antibiotics are now routinely used, this form of thyroiditis has become very rare since bacterial infections are usually treated before they spread to the thyroid gland. In the few instances where it still occurs, antibiotics and surgery to drain the pus can result in complete cure.