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Clinical Note
October 2002

Multifocal Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Arising in a Lingual Thyroid: A Case Report

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Goldstein and Califano) and Pathology (Dr Westra), Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Md.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002;128(10):1198-1200. doi:10.1001/archotol.128.10.1198

We report the first case (to our knowledge) of a multifocal papillary thyroid carcinoma arising in a lingual thyroid. The patient underwent a transcervical, transhyoid approach for excision, followed by radioiodine ablation, with excellent functional and oncologic results. We also discuss the management, diagnosis, and historical background of a malignant neoplasm arising in a lingual thyroid.