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Primary thyroid squamous cell carcinoma: a challenging management problem
  1. Joshua Agilinko1,
  2. Tze Jun Kueh2,
  3. Louise Smart2 and
  4. Muhammad Shakeel1
  1. 1 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  2. 2 Department of Pathology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to Muhammad Shakeel; Muhammad.shakeel{at}


Primary thyroid squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a rare and highly aggressive cancer. Diagnostic work-up encompasses cervical ultrasonography, tissue biopsy and CT scan. Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are the available treatment modalities. With a mean survival rate of 7 months reported in the literature, our patient is alive 2 years after successful treatment of her advanced primary thyroid SCC with surgery and radiotherapy.

  • otolaryngology / ENT
  • cancer intervention
  • thyroid disease

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  • Contributors JA—substantial contributions to drafting the article and revising it critically for important intellectual content. TJK and LS—acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, and revising it critically for important intellectual content. MS—conception and design, and final approval of the version to be published.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.