Papillary thyroid cancer nodal metastases

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

This young Caucasian woman presented with history of neck swelling which had been present for many months. There had been no travel to, or contact with persons from areas with endemic TB, no history of smoking or of decreased immunity.

Patient Data

Age: Young
Gender: Female

CT examination revealed numerous cystic structures predominantly along the deep cervical lymph node chain. These have thin walls and some areas of calcification. A similar cystic area can be seen in the lateral aspect of the thyroid gland. 

Case Discussion

This young Caucasian woman presented with history of neck swelling which had been present for many months. There had been no travel to, or contact with persons from areas with endemic TB, no history of smoking or of decreased immunity.

CT examination revealed numerous cystic structures predominantly along the deep cervical lymph node chain. These have thin walls and some areas of calcification. A similar cystic area can be seen in the lateral aspect of the thyroid gland. 

FNAC confirmed Papillary thyroid cancer

Case courtesy of Dr. Pramit Phal, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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Case information

rID: 2662
Case created: 7th May 2008
Last edited: 24th Jan 2016
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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