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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 223-225

Parathyroid carcinoma uncovering the enigma: Case report and review of literature


Department of Pathology, Medical College, Kolkata, India

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Sumit Ray
Anjali, 6/1 J, Raja Bagan Lane, P.O. - Ghugudanga, Kolkata - 700 030, West Bengal
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.86359

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Parathyroid carcinoma is a very rare cause of primary hyperparathyroidism. Pre-operative diagnosis remains a challenge. We report a case referred for a suspicious goiter with a poor general condition associated with hypercalcemia. Cytological findings attributed it to a possible parathyroid neoplasm that must be considered in the differential diagnosis of a nodular thyroid mass by the cytopathologist. Serum parathormone levels were correlated and the patient underwent surgery. Histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of parathyroid carcinoma. There can be a major pitfall, as it may appear indistinguishable from a benign adenoma.


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