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September 2013

Patient Data: Female patient 66 years old

Clinical Info: Palpable mass in the midline cranial to the thyroid gland


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Intracystic mass in a midline cyst cranial to the thyroid


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Another longitudinal image of the same intracystic lesion showing tiny echogenic foci


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Transverse image of the same lesion


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The lesion is vascularized


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Another longitudinal mass showing the vascularity


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Transverse image of the same lesion


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Transverse image of the normal thyroid


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Longitudinal image of a normal thyroid lobe


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Transverse image of a normal right thyroid lobe


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Transverse image of a normal left thyroid lobe

The midline cyst is a thyroglossal cyst They can have echogenic contents due to infection of the cyst. It should not contain irregular soft tissue masses. This mass also contains small calcifications making it very suspicious for a papillary carcinoma. Biopsy confirmed the presence of a papillary carcinoma in a thyroglossal cyst with a normal thyroid gland. There were no pathological lymph nodes and the patient recovered well after surgical treatment

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