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Indian Journal of Cancer
Medknow Publications on behalf of Indian Cancer Society
ISSN: 0019-509X
EISSN: 1998-4774
Vol. 42, No. 4, 2005, pp. 205-207
Bioline Code: cn05037
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Cancer, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2005, pp. 205-207

 en Case Report - Squamous cell carcinoma of esophagus masquerading as solitary thyroid nodule
Basu S, Nair N, Borges AM

Abstract

Secondary neoplasm of the thyroid mimicking a primary thyroid lesion is a rare finding, especially in an individual without a past history of malignancy. A case of squamous cell carcinoma metastatic to the thyroid (presenting as a solitary thyroid nodule), who had an unsuspected primary in the esophagus is described. Usually, multiple areas of the gland are involved in the secondary involvement of the thyroid. The clinical presentation of an apparently asymptomatic mass with neck lymphadenopathy, normal thyroid functions, and a cold nodule on 99mTcO4 - thyroid scan can often lead to a misdiagnosis as primary thyroid neoplasm. The present case underscores the fact that due importance to the subtle signs and symptoms and a high degree of suspicion, whenever the histology is unusual for a thyroid primary, is needed and the workup should include ruling out other primary malignancies.

Keywords
Cold nodule, Solitary thyroid nodule, Squamous cell carcinoma of esophagus, 99mTcO4- Scan of thyroid

 
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