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Unusual Presentation of Insular Thyroid Carcinoma as a Chest Wall Mass

Mohsen Kolahdouzan1, Noushin Afshar Moghaddam2, Mohammad Taghi Rezaei3* and Lobaneh Janbazi4
1Subspecialist of Thoracic Surgery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2Department of Pathology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
Corresponding Author : Mohammad Taghi Rezaei
Resident of General Surgery
Specialty and subspecialty complex of Alzahra hospital
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
E-mail: [email protected]
Received November 05, 2012; Accepted January 29, 2013; Published January 31, 2013
Citation: Kolahdouzan M, Moghaddam NA, Rezaei MT, Janbazi L (2013) Unusual Presentation of Insular Thyroid Carcinoma as a Chest Wall Mass. J Clin Case Rep 3:251. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000251
Copyright: © 2013 Kolahdouzan M, 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.


Poorly Differentiated (Insular) Thyroid Carcinoma (PDITC) is an uncommon thyroglobulin producing neoplasm, intermediate in aggressiveness, morphologically and biologically placed between Well-Differentiated Carcinomas (WDC) of follicular cell origin and undifferentiated anaplastic carcinoma and first described by Sakamoto et al. and Carcangiu et al. The tumor occurs in an older group than the WDCs (also it can occur in adolescents. It is described with higher mortality than WDC. The present cancer staging system (TNM) for thyroid cancer considers differentiated and undifferentiated tumors while ignoring this intermediate type, which is also called poorly differentiated tumor.

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