Metastases to the thyroid

Last revised by Dr Ammar Haouimi on 31 Jan 2019

Metastases to the thyroid are an uncommon cause of thyroid malignancy

Metastases to the thyroid represent 1.4-3% of all malignancies 5. In autopsy series, the incidence is ~10% (range 2-24%) 1,5

The most common sites of primary malignancy include (note these will vary by region) 1,2,5:

Metastases to the thyroid most commonly have the following features 1:

  • hypoechoic lesion with poorly circumscribed margins (80%)
  • no calcifications
  • concurrent cervical lymphadenopathy (80%)

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