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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2000  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-25

Hashimoto's thyroiditis presenting as a solitary nodule in the thyroid


1 Department of Pathology & Cytology, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore - 560 034, India
2 Professor and Head, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore - 560 034, India
3 Associate Professor, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore - 560 034, India

Correspondence Address:
Isha Garg
Associate Professor of Pathology, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Banglaore - 560 034
India
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A retrospective analysis of the cytological appearances of all solitary nodules presenting in the thyroid gland was carried out over a period of thirteen months in order to establish the number of cases of Hashimoto's thyroiditis presenting as a single nodule. Of three hundred and thirty one thyroid aspirates, one hundred and thirty cases of solitary nodules of the thyroid were observed, of which sixty nine were proved at cytology to be an adenomatous nodule of a goitre, thirty one were chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis (Hashimoto's). Eight cases of colloid cyst, four cases of follicular neoplasm and two cases of papillary carcinoma were also observed. Sixteen out of the one hundred and thirty cases proved to be haemorrhagic/scanty, where no opinion could be given. The result of this study shows that chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis can present as single nodule in the thyroid and this has to be kept in mind when dealing with such nodules at aspiration.


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