Papillary thyroid carcinoma

Case contributed by Dr Garth Kruger


Palpable mass lesion of thyroid.

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Female

A poorly defined, solid mass in the left lobe of the thyroid. The lesion contains calcification and has no pseudocapsule. Note how the mass infiltrates the thyroid parenchyma.

Case Discussion

The findings pre biopsy are highly suspicious for thyroid malignancy. If the pseudocapsule disappears and you lose the interface between the lesion and the normal parenchyma, be careful. The presence of microcalcifications is a second indication for FNA. This is a confirmed papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.

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Case information

rID: 21441
Published: 23rd Jan 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Head & Neck
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