Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 273--275

Palliative thyroidectomy in the setting of a metastatic renal cell carcinoma


Arvind Krishnamurthy1, Suhail Deen1, Vijayalakshmi Ramshankar2, Urmila Majhi3 
1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Preventive Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Pathology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Arvind Krishnamurthy
Cancer Institute (WIA), 38, Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020, Tamil Nadu
India

A secondary neoplasm of the thyroid gland is a distinctly uncommon cause of thyroid enlargement. These tumors mimic primary thyroid gland tumors and often lead to diagnostic difficulties. We report an interesting case of secondary thyroid tumor coexisting with a micropapillary carcinoma in an elderly male patient following a radical nephrectomy done 15 years prior for a renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Interestingly, the previously described coincidental association of thyroid and pancreatic metastases in a metastatic RCC was also noted in our patient as was demonstrated in the positron emission tomography-computed tomography which was done as part of the metastatic workup. This association needs to be further explored as also the role of palliative thyroidectomy in the setting of a metastatic RCC. The possibility of metastatic RCC should be kept as a differential during the course of the evaluation of clear cell renal tumor of the thyroid gland.


How to cite this article:
Krishnamurthy A, Deen S, Ramshankar V, Majhi U. Palliative thyroidectomy in the setting of a metastatic renal cell carcinoma.Indian J Nucl Med 2014;29:273-275


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Krishnamurthy A, Deen S, Ramshankar V, Majhi U. Palliative thyroidectomy in the setting of a metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Indian J Nucl Med [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Jan 20 ];29:273-275
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