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Papillary carcinoma in lateral cervical ectopic thyroid

Denise Santos Rosa, Beatriz Soares de Azevedo Sardano, Claudia Menezes da Rocha Crioulo, Vanessa de Vicenze Cruz, Jossi Ledo Kanda

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Introduction: Ectopic thyroid is a rare event, with an incidence of 1 in 300,000 cases. The probability of a carcinoma appearing in this tissue is less than 1%. It may be extremely difficult to distinguish a primary neoplasm involving the ectopic thyroid from a metastatic cervical lymph node. Case report: We report a case of papillary carcinoma in lateral cervical ectopic thyroid region. It was initially diagnosed as a thyroid carcinoma with lateral cervical metastasis. Comments: The diagnosis of papillary carcinoma in lateral cervical ectopic thyroid can be challenging, and immunohistochemistry can be a useful tool.


Carcinoma, Papillary; Head and Neck Neoplasms; Thyroid Dysgenesis.


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