Solid papillary thyroid carcinoma (SV-PTC) is a rare variant which is mainly observed in young patients with a history of exposure to ionising radiations. Neoplasms belonging to such category generally carry RET-PTC (REarranged during Transfection- Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma) fusions and seem to have a slightly worse prognosis with respect to classical and follicular variants of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), though consistent prognostic and survival data are scarce. SV-PTC should be differentiated from trabecular-insular poorly differentiated thyroid carcinomas, which occur in a different age group and carry a dismal prognosis. These latter tumours do not show the typical nuclear features of PTC and show tumour necrosis with an high mitotic activity. In this report a further case of SV-PTC is described which was associated to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a finding never described in the cytological literature up to now for SV-PTC; this association created further differential diagnostic problems. The neoplasm displayed RET-PTC1 fusion.
- endocrine cancer
- head and neck cancer
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Contributors FF and PT saw the patient and made the diagnosis. FF and JB edited the manuscript. PT and LG were responsible for the patient’s treatment and coauthored this paper.
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