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CASE REPORT
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-66

Osteoclastoma-like anaplastic carcinoma of the thyroid


1 Department of Pathology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Leena D Joseph
Department of Pathology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai - 600 116
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.42450

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Anaplastic carcinoma is a highly malignant tumor that is partially or totally undifferentiated. The use of fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) to diagnose anaplastic carcinoma with osteoclast-like giant cells, has been rarely reported. We report here a case of osteoclastoma - anaplastic carcinoma - that was diagnosed on cytology in a 58 year-old female patient, who presented with a progressively increasing swelling over the anterior aspect of the neck. Multinucleated giant cells resembling osteoclasts are rarely seen in the giant cell variant of anaplastic carcinoma.


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