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Thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules

Michele M Merten, M Regina Castro, Jun Zhang, Jolanta M Durski, Mabel Ryder
BACKGROUND: Cytologically defined indeterminate thyroid nodules are a diagnostic challenge. Surgical lobectomy remains gold standard for definitive diagnosis, however, 70-85% of nodules are ultimately benign. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the negative predictive value (NPV) of F18-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission computed tomography (PET/CT) in excluding cancer among cytologically indeterminate thyroid nodules within our institution using surgical pathology as a gold standard reference and to perform a systematic review of published prospective studies on the NPV of PET/CT in evaluating indeterminate thyroid nodules...
October 20, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
C X Cong, J Y Lin, L H Wang
Objective: To observe the clinical and pathological features of uveal metastatic carcinoma. Methods: It was a retrospective case series study. The clinical manifestation, growth pattern, tumor types and relative pathological features of 13 patients visiting from January 1980 to December 2014 with uveal metastatic carcinoma in Tianjin Eye Hospital were analyzed retrospectively. Results: There were 13 cases, 6 cases of male and 7 of female. Age was from 37.0 to 66.0 years old. The mean age was 52.1 years old...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Claudio Spinelli
Thyroid tumors affect all age groups, including children and adolescents. Malignant cancer of the thyroid is a relatively uncommon disease in pediatric age. In the recent decades the incidence of paediatric differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) has increased. DTC in paediatric age is rare and has an excellent prognosis. Compared to adult counterpart, DTC in childhood presents some different features as follows: larger volume at the diagnosis, more frequent multicentricity (both mono- and bilateral), earlier local involvement of soft tissue of the neck, earlier lymph node involvement, distant metastases 3-4 times more frequent (most often in the lungs and almost always functional) and more common post-operatory recurrence; nevertheless, the prognosis of DTC in childhood is better and the survival greater than in adult...
October 13, 2016: Current Pediatric Reviews
Friedhelm Raue, Karin Frank-Raue
Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine malignancy. Differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) with the two subtypes, papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and follicular thyroid cancer (FTC), is the most frequent subtype of thyroid cancer; more rare subtypes are medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC). The incidence of DTC has increased rapidly in recent years due to the more frequent use of imaging methods such as ultrasound of the neck and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid nodules...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Sophia S Yu, Lindsay A Bischoff
Owing to the young median age of diagnosis, thyroid cancer in women can coincide with pregnancy and affect its management. The evaluation of a thyroid nodule in pregnant women is similar to that in nonpregnant women, but special consideration must be taken for the impact of a cancer diagnosis and its sequelae in pregnancy. The initial comprehensive exam for pregnant and nonpregnant women includes evaluation of the biochemical function and structure of the thyroid gland, and then fine-needle aspiration biopsy of any suspicious nodule...
October 14, 2016: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
Bryan R Haugen
Thyroid nodules are very common, and thyroid cancer is currently the fifth leading cancer diagnosis in women. The American Thyroid Association has led the development and revision of guidelines for the management of patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). The most current revision was published in the January 2016 issue of the journal Thyroid. The current guidelines have 101 recommendations, with 8 figures and 17 tables that are hopefully helpful to those treating patients with thyroid nodules and cancer...
October 14, 2016: Cancer
William S Duke, F Christopher Holsinger, Emad Kandil, Jeremy D Richmon, Michael C Singer, David J Terris
BACKGROUND: Robotic facelift thyroidectomy (RFT) was developed as a new surgical approach to the thyroid gland using a remote incision site. Early favorable results led to this confirmatory multi-institutional experience. METHODS: Prospectively collected data on consecutive patients undergoing RFT in five North American academic endocrine surgical practices were compiled. Surgical indications, operative times, final pathology, nodule size, complications, and postoperative management (drain use and length of hospital stay) were evaluated...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Debora Lucia Seguro Danilovic, Bruno Ferraz-de-Souza, Amanda Wictky Fabri, Nathalie Oliveira Santana, Marco Aurelio Kulcsar, Claudio Roberto Cernea, Suemi Marui, Ana Oliveira Hoff
OBJECTIVE: The increasing incidence of thyroid nodules demands identification of risk factors for malignant disease. Several studies suggested the association of higher TSH levels with cancer, but influence of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) is controversial. This study aimed to identify the relationship of thyroid cancer with higher TSH levels and hypovitaminosis D and to evaluate their influence on prognostic characteristics of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC). METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 433 patients submitted to thyroidectomy for thyroid nodules...
2016: PloS One
Julietta V Rau, Valerio Graziani, Marco Fosca, Chiara Taffon, Massimiliano Rocchia, Pierfilippo Crucitti, Paolo Pozzilli, Andrea Onetti Muda, Marco Caricato, Anna Crescenzi
Recent investigations strongly suggest that Raman spectroscopy (RS) can be used as a clinical tool in cancer diagnosis to improve diagnostic accuracy. In this study, we evaluated the efficiency of Raman imaging microscopy to discriminate between healthy and neoplastic thyroid tissue, by analyzing main variants of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma (PTC), the most common type of thyroid cancer. We performed Raman imaging of large tissue areas (from 100 × 100 μm(2) up to 1 × 1 mm(2)), collecting 38 maps containing about 9000 Raman spectra...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tommaso Bizzarro, Maurizio Martini, Sara Capodimonti, Patrizia Straccia, Celestino Pio Lombardi, Alfredo Pontecorvi, Luigi Maria Larocca, Esther Diana Rossi
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP) represents a challenge for the diagnosis and management of thyroid carcinoma. Some authors have proposed histological criteria that are able to distinguish NIFTPs from invasive follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (I-FVPTC). Hence, NIFTPs may have repercussions in the diagnostic categories on fine-needle aspiration. In the current study, the authors evaluated the criteria for NIFTPs on liquid-based cytology samples...
October 2016: Cancer
Claudio Bellevicine, Roberta Sgariglia, Umberto Malapelle, Elena Vigliar, Mariantonia Nacchio, Giuseppe Ciancia, Markus Eszlinger, Ralf Paschke, Giancarlo Troncone
BACKGROUND: Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology is accurate and cost-effective in the evaluation of thyroid nodules. Molecular techniques may contribute to risk stratification in indeterminate cases. Although next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a promising technique for the molecular testing of thyroid FNA specimens, thyroid-specific cancer gene panels are not commercially available. Conversely, the Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel v2 (CHPv2), which includes the genes most frequently mutated in thyroid neoplasms, is commercially available and may represent an alternative to thyroid-specific panels...
September 26, 2016: Cancer
Ka Hee Yi
Increased detection of thyroid nodules using high-resolution ultrasonography has resulted in a world-wide increase in the incidence of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). Despite the steep increase in its incidence, the age-standardized mortality rate of thyroid cancer has remained stable, which leads toward a trend of more conservative treatment. The latest American Thyroid Association (ATA) guidelines for thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer revised in 2015 suggested that fine needle aspiration biopsy should be performed for thyroid nodules larger than 1 cm and lobectomy might be sufficient for 1 to 4 cm intrathyroidal DTC...
September 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism
Dariusz Janczak, Wiktor Pawlowski, Tadeusz Dorobisz, Dawid Janczak, Karolina Dorobisz, Michal Leśniak, Agnieszka Ziomek, Mariusz Chabowski
BACKGROUND: Thyroid cancer (TC) comprises 1% of all carcinomas and is the most common malignancy of the endocrine system. The disease is more common in women, with its peak morbidity observed in 40-50-year-old patients. The main risk factors include radiation, iodine deficiency, hereditary background, and genetic mutations. Among all diagnosed thyroid nodules, 5%-30% will evolve into cancer. The gold-standard procedure in the preoperative evaluation of a nodular goiter, apart from ultrasonography, is fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Aysenur Ozderya, Sule Temizkan, Aylin Ege Gul, Sule Ozugur, Mehmet Sargin, Kadriye Aydin
The prognostic importance of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose avidity in primary thyroid tumor and molecular basis responsible for its mechanism has not yet been well characterized. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the correlation between the maximum standardized uptake levels and B-type Raf kinase mutation positivity in incidentally detected papillary thyroid cancer patients during (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography examination. We retrospectively evaluated 6873 (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography scans of consecutive subjects from a database search for tumor staging in 2014 at our hospital Nuclear Medicine Center...
October 1, 2016: Endocrine
Koji Morita, Takahiko Sakamoto, Shuji Ota, Hideo Masugi, Ikumi Chikuta, Yamato Mashimo, Naoki Edo, Takuo Tokairin, Nobuhiko Seki, Toshio Ishikawa
It has been shown that metastases to the thyroid from extrathyroidal malignancies occur as solitary or multiple nodules, or may involve the whole thyroid gland diffusely. However, diffuse metastasis of gastric cancer to the thyroid is extremely rare. Here, we report a case of a 74-year-old woman with diffuse infiltration of gastric adenocarcinoma (signet-ring-cell carcinoma/poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma) cells in the thyroid. The pathological diagnosis was made based on upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with biopsy and fine-needle aspiration cytology of the thyroid...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Ankur M Doshi, Luke A Ginocchio, Yindalon Aphinyanaphongs
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the performance of a text classification machine-learning model in predicting highly cited articles within the recent radiological literature and to identify the model's most influential article features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We downloaded from PubMed the title, abstract, and medical subject heading terms for 10,065 articles published in 25 general radiology journals in 2012 and 2013. Three machine-learning models were applied to predict the top 10% of included articles in terms of the number of citations to the article in 2014 (reflecting the 2-year time window in conventional impact factor calculations)...
September 27, 2016: Academic Radiology
Sujay Kakarmath, Howard T Heller, Caroline A Alexander, Edmund S Cibas, Jeffrey F Krane, Justine A Barletta, Neal I Lindeman, Mary C Frates, Carol B Benson, Atul A Gawande, Nancy L Cho, Matthew Nehs, Francis D Moore, Ellen Marqusee, Mathew I Kim, P Reed Larsen, Norra Kwong, Trevor E Angell, Erik K Alexander
CONTEXT: Mutations in the BRAF and RAS oncogenes are responsible for most well-differentiated thyroid cancer. Yet, our clinical understanding of how BRAF-positive and RAS-positive thyroid cancers differ is incomplete. OBJECTIVE: We correlated clinical, radiographic, and pathologic findings from patients with thyroid cancer harboring a BRAF or RAS mutation. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study Setting: Academic, tertiary care hospital Patients: 101 consecutive patients with well-differentiated thyroid cancer Main Outcome Measure: We compared the clinical, sonographic, and pathologic characteristics of patients with BRAF-positive cancer to those with RAS-positive cancer...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Rohit Ranganath, Manish A Shaha, Bin Xu, Jocelyn Migliacci, Ronald Ghossein, Ashok R Shaha
BACKGROUND: de Quervain's thyroiditis is an inflammatory condition of the thyroid mostly treated medically, rarely requiring surgical treatment. We intend to review the surgical experience with de Quervain's thyroiditis at a tertiary cancer center over a period of 22years. METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records from 1992 to 2014 at a tertiary cancer center was performed and all patients with a histopathological diagnosis of de Quervain's thyroiditis were included...
August 18, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Blaz Krhin, Katja Goricar, Barbara Gazic, Vita Dolzan, Nikola Besic
BACKGROUND: Hurthle cells of the thyroid gland are very rich in mitochondria and oxidative enzymes. As a high level oxidative metabolism may lead to higher level of oxidative stress and can be associated with an increased risk for cancer, we investigated whether common functional polymorphisms in antioxidant genes (SOD2, CAT, GPX, GSTP1, GSTM1 and GSTT1) are associated with the development or clinical course of Hurthle cell thyroid carcinoma (HCTC). METHODS: A retrospective study was performed in 139 patients treated by thyroid surgery for a Hurthle cell neoplasm...
September 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
B Evranos, S B Polat, H Baser, D Ozdemir, A Kilicarslan, A Yalcin, R Ersoy, B Cakir
BACKGROUND: A fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is the most valuable diagnostic procedure for pre-operative discrimination of benign and malignant nodules. The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology provides standardised reporting and cytomorphological criteria in aspiration smears. The aim of the present study was to determine malignancy rates in nodules with different cytology results and evaluate the diagnostic value of Bethesda for variants of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC)...
September 25, 2016: Cytopathology: Official Journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
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