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2008, Volume 24, Number 1, Page(s) 054-058     
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Incidental anaplastic thyroid carcinoma: A case report
Pembegül GÜNEŞ1, Fügen Vardar AKER1, Murat ERKAN1, Pelin DEMİRTÜRK1, Ender DULUNDU2
1Haydarpasa Numune Education and Research Hospital Department of Pathology, İSTANBUL
2Haydarpasa Numune Education and Research Hospital Department of 5th Surgical Clinics, İSTANBUL
Keywords: Thyroid, anaplastic, carcinoma, incidental, immunohistochemistry

Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma is one of the most aggressive of all human malignant diseases. It has an unfavorable prognosis and responsible for most of the mortality and morbidity rates due to thyroid carcinomas. We present a case of incidental anaplastic thyroid carcinoma and discuss the epidemiology, biology, risk factors, prognostic factors of the disease and the approach to treatment, in the light of the current medical literature. The prognosis is much better in cases with incidental carcinoma compared to the classical type and surgical excision of the tumor has a favorable effect on the results. Our case was followed-up for 1.5 years with no evidence of recurrence or metastasis.

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