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World Cup 2010 and acute pain in the neck

W A Mann, K Jungheim


To the editor: Vuvuzelas are a quite new experience for many soccer fans worldwide, but most certainely for their physicians. We describe the first case of a vuvuzela induced thyroid cyst: A 42 year old patient presented with acute painful swelling of the neck and difficulties in swallowing. An ultrasound scan confirmed the clinical suspicion of a thyroid cyst with a volume of 2 ml ( fig.1 ). Using fine needle aspiration the cyst could be successfully emptied ( fig.2 ) and the patient was immediately free of complaints.
Detailed questioning if he raised heavy weights or pressed strongly he answered after some careful thinking, that he played vuvuzela during the most recent world cup soccer game.

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W A Mann, Endokrinologikum Frankfurt

K Jungheim, Endokrinologikum Frankfurt

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thyroid cyst; vuvuzela; world cup 2010

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South African Medical Journal 2010;100(10):661.

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Date submitted: 2010-07-06
Date published: 2010-10-01

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