Haemorrhage of a thyroid cyst as an unusual complication of intubation

Anaesth Intensive Care. 2002 Apr;30(2):230-3. doi: 10.1177/0310057X0203000220.


A case is presented of haemorrhage into a thyroid cyst after endotracheal intubation for an elective nasal operation in a healthy young man. The haemorrhagic cyst compressed the trachea and the patient was taken to the intensive care unit with the endotracheal tube left in situ. Hemithyroidectomy was performed uneventfully two days later. Causes of haemorrhage into thyroid cysts are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cysts / complications*
  • Cysts / diagnosis
  • Cysts / surgery
  • Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Thyroid Diseases / complications*
  • Thyroid Diseases / diagnosis
  • Thyroid Diseases / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Tracheal Stenosis / etiology