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August 1956

A Study of Hürthle-Cell Tumors of the Thyroid Gland: Report of Nine New Cases

Author Affiliations

Hollywood, Calif.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, College of Medical Evangelists.; From the Department of Surgery, The Hollywood-Presbyterian Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;73(2):228-240. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01280020042009

Until recently, Hürthle-cell tumors of the thyroid gland were believed to be quite rare. As late as 1951, Chesky, Dreese, and Hell-wig8 could find only 29 instances reported in the medical literature. They added an additional 25 cases of their own from the clinical material of The Hertzler Clinic. These 25 instances constituted 5% of all of their solitary tumors of the thyroid. There has been considerable disagreement among investigators as to the significance of Hiirthle cells and where they originate from. This contribution was undertaken with the view of attempting to arrive at some valid conclusions concerning Hürthle-cell tumors, based upon a careful review of the available literature and a study of the tumors that have been treated at The Hollywood-Presbyterian Hospital since 1924.

Historical Review  Baber,* in 1877 and 1881, was the first to describe what is incorrectly called today the Hürthle cell. He found these cells