alexa Hypothyroidism-Associated Autoimmune Thyroiditis and Papillary Thyroid Cancer
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Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion
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Case Report

Hypothyroidism-Associated Autoimmune Thyroiditis and Papillary Thyroid Cancer

Ancuta Augustina Gheorghisan-Galateanu1, Mara Carsote1*, Dana Terzea2, Ana Valea3, Dan Peretianu4, Alin Horatiu Muresean5 and Adina Ghemigian1

1C.Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and C.I.Parhon National Institute of Endocrinology, Bucharest, Romania

2Monza Oncoteam Hospital and C.I.Parhon National Institute of Endocrinology, Bucharest, Romania

3I.Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Clinical County Hospital, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

4SCM Povernei Medical Centre, Bucharest, Romania

5St. John Hospital, Bucharest, Romania

*Corresponding Author:
Mara Carsote
C.I.Parhon National Institute of Endocrinology
Bucharest, Romania, Aviatorilor Ave 33-38
Bucharest-011863, Romania
Tel: +40744851934
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: December 29, 2015; Accepted date: January 20, 2016; Published date: January 25, 2016

Citation: Galateanu AAG, Carsote M, Terzea D, Valea A, Peretianu D, et al. (2016) Hypothyroidism-Associated Autoimmune Thyroiditis and Papillary Thyroid Cancer. J Blood Disord Transfus 7:337. doi:10.4172/2155-9864.1000337

Copyright: © 2016 Galateanu AAG, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Autoimmune thyroiditis (AI) and differentiated thyroid cancer as papillary type (PTC) are sometimes associated and several common pathogenic mechanisms have been described: BRAF mutations, hOGG1 loss of heterozygosity, interleukin-10 activation, selenoproteomas disturbances. Controversies are related to a more aggressive profile of PTC if AI is presented by interferences with oxidative stress and secondary carcinogenesis. This is a case report of a 37-year old female diagnosed a decade ago with multi-nodular goiter and hypothyroidism. She was treated in different endocrine centers. She started to accuse intermittent breathing difficulties which were not related to her previous diagnosis of asthma. On admission, the thyroid function was normal under levothyroxine (LT4) therapy with high anti-thyreoperoxidase antibodies levels of 1000 UI/mL (Normal<35) confirming AI. Thyroid ultrasound showed multiple nodules of 10 millimetres (mm), and a dominant one on the right lobe of 20 mm. Total thyroidectomy and lymph nodes dissection was performed. Pathological report confirmed AI and micro-PTC was identified (of 3 by 2 mm; T1N0M0). The thyroid scintigrame was negative when LT4 substitution was stopped and the blood thyroglobuline (TG) was very low (of 0.2 ng/mL) with negative anti-TG antibodies. A good outcome is estimated and no radioiodine ablative therapy was added only TSH suppressive doses of LT4. This case confirms that long standing autoimmune hypothyroidism might not protect of differentiated thyroid cancer but the papillary microcarcinoma display a good prognosis, in this particular situation based on small dimensions of the lesion and low levels of TG after surgery.


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