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Is Every Patient Followed up as a Papillary Thyroid Cancer Patient Really That?

Authors
Journal
Malecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
2146-1414
Publisher
Galenos Yayinevi
Publication Date
Volume
21
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4274/mirt.022866
Keywords
  • Case Reports
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine

Abstract

We report the case of a 64-year-old man followed up for two years as suffering from differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). In the patient’s follow up, despite thyroglobulin level and I-131 whole body scan results being normal, metastases were identified at the 4th thoracic vertebra corpus by MR. Histopathological findings were carcinoma metastases. F-18 FDG PET/CT showed increased metabolic activity in the right renal mass, bilaterally in the surrenal gland, multiple lymph nodes in the thoracic and abdominal para-aortic region and in multiple vertebral and pelvic bones. An excisional biopsy of the right renal mass was reported as renal cell carcinoma. Immunohistochemical staining performed retrospectively to the first thyroid preparation showed renal cell carcinoma metastases. Consequently, any patient who presents with a thyroid nodule can also be considered as possibly suffering from metastatic disease. F-18 FDG PET/CT can provide valuable information in finding the primary focus and metastases. Conflict of interest:None declared.

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