Concurrent papillary and squamous carcinoma in a thyroglossal duct cyst: A case report

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Carcinomas of thyroglossal duct cysts are rare. Most are papillary carcinomas; only about 5% are squamous cell carcinomas. Only one case of mixed papillary and squamous cell carcinoma of a thyroglossal duct cyst has been reported so far. The authors present a second case, that of a 38-year- old man who was first seen with a midline neck lump. It was diagnosed clinically as a thyroglossal duct cyst and was locally excised. Pathological examination showed both a concurrent papillary carcinoma and a squamous cell carcinoma. Treatment consisted of a near-total thyroidectomy, ablative radioactive iodine and adjuvant external radiation therapy. The authors review the literature and explain the rationale behind their choice of treatment.

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Kwan, W. B., Liu, F. F., Banerjee, D., Rotstein, L. E., & Tsang, R. W. (1996). Concurrent papillary and squamous carcinoma in a thyroglossal duct cyst: A case report. Canadian Journal of Surgery, 39(4), 328–332. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0022-3468(97)90075-0

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