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Indian J Nucl Med. 2019 Jan-Mar;34(1):32-34. doi: 10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_127_18.

Unusual Metastases in Papillary Microcarcinoma of Thyroid.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine, SVIMS, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.


Papillary carcinoma thyroid is the most common type of thyroid cancer. Papillary thyroid cancer metastasizes commonly to regional lymph nodes, distant organ involvement is to lungs and bone are rare and is associated with poor prognosis. Metastases to intra-abdominal organs are extremely rare. Here, we report a case of 50-year-old female diagnosed with papillary microcarcinoma thyroid who initially treated total thyroidectomy, later presented with metastasis to liver, bone, left adrenal gland, and bilateral lungs. The functioning metastasis was diagnosed by Iodine-131 whole-body scan and later treated with radioiodine.


Iodine-131 whole body scan; papillary thyroid cancer; unusual metastasis

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