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Ultrasound Q. 2018 Dec 28. doi: 10.1097/RUQ.0000000000000414. [Epub ahead of print]

Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis and Monitoring of Therapy for Primary Thyroid Lymphoma.

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Department of Ultrasound, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China.


This study aims to evaluate the value of ultrasonography in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of primary thyroid lymphoma. The clinical data of 12 patients, who were pathologically confirmed with thyroid lymphoma and treated in our hospital, were retrospectively analyzed. Ultrasonography was performed on the thyroid and neck lymph nodes, and the sonographic features of the lesions were recorded. During the course of the diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma, the patients were monitored and followed up by ultrasonography. The sonographic features of 12 patients with 20 lesions revealed hypoechoic masses, within which "strip-shaped" and "grid-shaped" high echoes were observed, and echoes behind masses were not attenuated. Furthermore, a small amount of blood flow signals were observed. Six patients received thyroidectomy. Among these patients, one patient relapsed. Six patients underwent chemotherapy. Among these patients, 2 patients relapsed and received chemotherapy again. Ultrasound can guide the biopsy of suspicious lymphoma lesions and provide accurate information on treatment effects and tumor recurrence for patients with thyroid lymphoma after treatment, especially after chemotherapy.

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