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April 1988

Skull Metastases From Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences (Drs Kearns, Robinson, Wright, and Parke) and Neurosurgery (Dr Wickersham), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Dr Kearns is now in private practice in San Diego, and Dr Wright is now in private practice in Amarillo, Tex.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(4):454-456. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860160098030

• Distant metastatic disease from thyroid carcinoma is becoming a rare problem. Physicians and the public are increasingly aware of minimally invasive methods of early diagnosis of thyroid malignancy, such as fine-needle aspiration with cytologic examination. Total thyroidectomy itself has become less associated with morbidity than it once was. We describe three patients with follicular thyroid carcinoma metastatic to the skull who were seen recently. Two of these patients had masses neglected for 20 and 50 years, respectively. The management of this disease entity is discussed.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1988;114:454-456)

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