Abstract. Slices of porcine thyroid gland were incubated with arachidonic acid and ionophore A 23187. This led to the formation of 5-hydroxy-eicosatetraenoic acid (5-HETE), 12-HETE, 15-HETE and leukotriene B4 (LTB4). Time course studies demonstrated that levels of detected LTB4 reached a plateau after 30 min and that in parallel with the synthesis of this compound, greater amounts of 5-HETE was formed. The present results demonstrate the formation of lipoxygenase products in the porcine thyroid gland, indicating possible physiological/pathophysiological roles for these compounds in this organ.