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Ann Otolaryngol Chir Cervicofac. 2007 Dec;124(6):301-4.

[Metastasis of renal carcinoma to the thyroid gland].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service d'ORL et de chirurgie cervicofaciale, CHU Bretonneau, boulevard Tonnel√©, 37000 Tours, France. bakhos_d@med.univ-tours.fr

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Intrathyroid metastases are uncommon. Clinically, the distinction may be difficult with thyroid malignant tumor.

CASE REPORT:

A 76-year-old woman was referred to our department for an evaluation of a dysphonia. She had a past history of renal cancer 6 months ago. A multinodular goiter was noticed at the palpation. Left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy was observed; there was no cervical lymph node. Fine-needle aspiration was not contributive. Computed tomography confirmed the multinodular goiter. Total thyroidectomy was performed and final histologic examination revealed a metastasis of a renal cancer.

CONCLUSION:

Even if intrathyroid metastasis are rare, the practitioner must suggest the diagnosis if the patient had a thyroid tumor and a past history of cancer. A fine-needle aspiration can help the diagnosis. The surgical management is recommended for isolated metastasis to the thyroid gland especially in renal cancer.

PMID:
17673161
DOI:
10.1016/j.aorl.2006.11.003
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