thyroid papillary carcinoma
Monday 15 March 2004
JRC:324 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid (typical, classic type).
JRC:2534 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.
JRC:2661 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid in a 26 y/o female.
JRC:13269 : Post-radiation papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.
JRC:14619 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.
JRC:14914 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid (typical, classic type).
JRC:18130 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid (diffuse, infiltrating; F, 18y/o).
JRC:18294 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid (classic type).
JRC:18913 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid (classic type).
JRC:2666 : Papillary carcinoma, encapsulated follicular variant in a 36 y/o male.
Tall cell variant
JRC:482 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid, tall cell variant.
JRC:14915 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid, tall cell variant, predominantly follicular.
JRC:15032 : Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid, tall cell variant, predominantly follicular.
Transformation to anaplastic carcinoma
JRC:18759 : Thyroid papillary carcinoma with transformation to anaplastic carcinoma.
Psammomatous thyroid papillary carcinoma
JRC:18764 : Psammomatous thyroid papillary carcinoma.
Thyroid Warthin-like papillary carcinoma
JRC:14938 : Warthin-like thyroid papillary carcinoma.
Multifocal papillary carcinoma
Thyroid papillary carcinoma with oncocytic features
- Thyroid papillary carcinoma with oncocytic features on Flickr by ddkri
Definition: Papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) are the most common thyroid tumors that usually have a good prognosis. Recurrence, metastases, and cancer death may occur in a few patients and are more commonly associated with more aggressive tumors, such as tall cell, columnar cell, or diffuse sclerosing variants of the PTC.
PTC with a prominent hobnail pattern is a moderately differentiated PTC variant with aggressive clinical behavior and significant mortality.
90% of childhood thyroid malignancies are papillary thyroid carcinoma.
thyroid nodule / thyroid mass / thyroid lesion
women of reproductive age (70%)
6% occult tumorsat autopsy (1 to 10 mm)
Occult tumors in up to 24% with other thyroid disease, surprisingly with male predominance
mass in neck or cervical node
- 67% in thyroid only, 13% in thyroid and cervical nodes, 20% in nodes only
ionizing radiation before age 20 (for acne, tonsillitis, tinea capitis)
post-Chernobyl or nuclear explosions at Marshall Islands
Gardner syndrome with germline APC mutations
multiple hamartomas syndrome (Cowden syndrome)
- solid, white, firm
- often multifocal (20%)
- encapsulated (10%) or infiltrative;
- variable cysts
- Usually solid
- Unencapsulated so may appear multifocal
- enlarged, oval
- optically clear or ground glass
- nuclear grooves
Variable areas of papillary architecture
- central stromal core
- same nuclear features of covering epithelium
Psammoma body formation
- concentric lamination, calcified
complex, branching papillae with fibrovascular cores associated with follicles
nuclei are overlapping with finely dispersed optically clear chromatin (also called ground-glass, Orphan-Annie nuclei, not seen in cytology or frozen section material)
eosinophilic intranuclear inclusions (cytoplasmic invaginations)
nuclear longitudinal grooves (folding of redundant nuclear membrane)
- present in 50% in papillary stalk in fibrous stroma between tumor cells;
- +/- specific for papillary carcinoma
+/- vascular invasion (5%)
+/- dense fibrosis
+/- squamous metaplasia
+/- solid areas
+/- inflammatory cells: lymphocytes, histiocytes, histiocytic multinucleate giant cells, Langerhans cells
+/- spindle cell metaplasia
+/- mitotic figures
+/- mucinous metaplasia
Cellular aspirate with little colloid
Papillary fronds and sheets of cells
Dense blue-grey cytoplasm with well-defined cell boundaries
Multinucleate histiocytes particularly where there is cystic degeneration
lymphocytic thyroiditis with reactive nuclear changes
- nuclei are still round, no inclusions
- background of lymphocytes and plasma cells without fibrosis
hyperplastic ultimobranchial body rests / solid cell nests
- in lateral lobes
- round to oval structures
- +/- chromatin clearing or grooves
- central cysts
- squamous metaplasia
- cytokeratin strongly positive, thyroglobulin negative
papillary foci of Graves’disease
- strong p27 staining vs. weak in papillary carcinoma
Classically characterized by its papillary appearance, papillary thyroid carcinoma is the most common malignant neoplasm of the thyroid.
Several variants of papillary carcinoma have been described considering:
nature of the tumor boundaries (encapsulated);
architecture (follicular, macrofollicular, cribriform-morular, solid, micropapillary);
cellular characteristics (tall cell, columnar, oncocytic, clear cell, hobnail);
additional tumor components (papillary carcinoma with focal insular component, papillary carcinoma with spindle and giant cell carcinoma, papillary carcinoma with squamous cell carcinoma, papillary carcinoma with mucoepidermoid carcinoma);
stromal features (papillary carcinoma with fasciitis like stroma);
or a combination of the abovementioned characteristics (diffuse sclerosing, Warthin-like).
- large follicles
- multinodular goitre-like on low power
- mainly follicular architecture with no papillary areas
- classical papillary carcinoma nuclear features
- prominent areas of oncocytic cells but similar nuclear features
clear cell TPC
- prominent clear cells areas but similar nuclear features
diffuse sclerosing TPC
- relatively more common in children
- diffuse thyroidal involvement
- stromal fibrosis
- lung metastases in 25%
-tall cell TPC
-* cells at least 3 times taller than width
- pseudostratified cells with hyperchromatic nuclei
- relatively more common in children
- sheets of cells with classical nuclear features
- local invasion
- < 1cm
- often incidental finding in adults
- in children may metastasize
diffuse sclerosing TPC
encapsulated follicular TPC
Hashimoto thyroiditis TPC
nodular fasciitis like stroma TPC
tall cell TPC
well differentiated TPC
multifocal thyroid papillary carcinoma
5-20% have local recurrences
14% with nodal metastases
10-15% distant metastases (lung, bones, CNS)
Rare metastasis outside LN
usually lung in diffuse sclerosing variant
10 year survival:
- 98%, similar to general population
- 100% if under age 20, even with nodal metastases
Cervical node involvement does not affect the prognosis.
- age 40+ or elderly
- exposure to radiation
- local invasion
- lymphatic invasion
- distant metastases (bone worse than lung)
- large tumor size
- tumor subtypes
- Recurrence, metastases, and cancer death are more commonly associated with more aggressive tumors, such as tall cell, columnar cell, or diffuse sclerosing variants of the PTC.
- tall cell/columnar variant
- PTC with a prominent hobnail pattern is a moderately differentiated PTC variant with aggressive clinical behavior and significant mortality. (19956062)
- diffuse sclerosing variant
ovarian papillary thyroid carcinoma (malignant struma ovarii)
- thyroid follicular carcinoma
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