Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 124-126

The mystic thyroid nodule: A cytologist's confront

Department of Pathology, JSS Medical College, A Constituent College of JSS University, Mysore, India

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H R Vanisri
59/D5, 2nd Main 2nd cross, Yadavgiri, Mysore - 570 020
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.83471

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Metastatic thyroid carcinoma is clinically silent and found only at autopsy in most instances. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common and constitutes 56% of all secondary malignancies. However, preoperative distinction between primary and secondary thyroid neoplasms is often challenging. Fine needle aspiration is helpful in establishing a correct preoperative diagnosis. A local surgical resection is curative if prompt preoperative diagnosis is established. We hereby report a case of isolated metastatic RCC to the thyroid in a 65-year-old woman, diagnosed by fine needle aspiration cytology and later confirmed with histopathological examination.

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