Follicular carcinoma of the thyroid with massive invasion into the cervical and mediastinum great veins: Our own experience and literature review

Torahiko Nakashima, Atsuhiro Nakashima, Daisuke Murakami, Satoshi Toh, Hideki Shiratsuchi, Ryuji Yasumatsu, Ryuji Tominaga, Shizuo Komune

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Thyroid carcinomas with massive intralumen invasion of the great veins are extremely rare and reported to have poor prognosis. We report a case of a poorly differentiated follicular carcinoma of the thyroid with extensive invasion into the bilateral internal jugular veins, brachiocephalic vein, and superior vena cava. All of the seven major drainage veins from the thyroid were involved by tumor thrombus. The patient was successfully treated by surgical resection including removal of the tumor thrombus and repair of the great veins. The importance of preoperative radiological findings, treatment, and outcome are discussed along with a literature review.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2855-2857
Number of pages3
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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