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May 1985

Tracheal Carcinoma Presenting as a Thyroid Cyst

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Vitug, Wheeler, and Goldman), Surgery (Dr Lopchinsky), and Pathology (Dr Sridhar), Coney Island Hospital and State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. Dr Vitug is now with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(5):340-341. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800070092016

• A patient was seen with a thyroid cyst. Fine- and core-needle biopsies revealed no evidence of tumor. A thyroid cyst lined by malignant squamous cells was found at surgery. Invasive squamous carcinoma was found to arise in adjacent trachea. The thyroid gland was normal except for inflammatory changes. Aspiration biopsies of thyroid cysts may be misleading, especially when hemorrhagic; sclerosis should be performed with caution.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1985;111:340-341)

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