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Fatal outcome of an anaplastic thyroid tumour
  1. Rafael García Carretero,
  2. Cristina Peña-Arce,
  3. Gabriel Martinez-Quesada,
  4. Javier Garcia-Alvarez
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Universitario de Mostoles, Mostoles, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rafael García Carretero, rgcarretero{at}


Anaplastic thyroid cancer is a rare form of thyroid cancer, known for its very poor prognosis, even with the appropriate management. It is very aggressive, with a tendency to invade locally and lymph node metastasis is often present at the time of diagnosis. We present an elderly patient, who presented with rapid enlarging neck mass, which, within weeks, led to his death. His family gave their consent to perform an autopsy, and here we describe and illustrate the profound aggressiveness of this tumour.

  • Thyroid Disease
  • General Practice / Family Medicine
  • Pathology

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  • Contributors RGC wrote the first draft; JG-A and GM-Q made interesting suggestions; CP-A helped in the translation into English.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Next of kin consent obtained.

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

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