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Skull metastasis from follicular thyroid cancer


Miltiadis Lalountas

Department of Surgery, General Hospital of Polygyros – Chalkidiki, Greece Hippokratous 5, Polygyros Chalkidiki 63100, Greece

Correspondence to Author: Miltiadis Lalountas


Differentiated thyroid cancers have indolent clinical course and good prognosis with an approximate 85–90% 10-year survival rate. Distant metastases from follicular thyroid cancer are uncommon but are one of the main causes of cancer-specific mortatily. Mainly involve the lung, bone, and brain. Bone metastasis most commonly occurs in the vertebrae, costas and hip bones. Metastasis of a follicular thyroid carcinoma to the skull is very rare and only a small number of reports are found in the literature. We present a case of solitary lytic skull metastasis of a follicular thyroid cancer in a 79-year-old woman. The patient presented with a painless mass on the right side of the head. Physical examination showed a large, palpable, immobile and hard tumor. CT scan showed thyroid enlargement along with neck lympadenopathy and a lesion with an osteolytic component in the right parietal area.


Miltiadis Lalountas. Skull metastasis from follicular thyroid cancer. Clinical Imaging and Case Reports 2022.

Journal Info

  • Journal Name: Clinical Imaging and Case Reports
  • Impact Factor: 2.709**
  • ISSN: 2770-9205
  • DOI: 10.52338/cicaserep
  • Short Name: CICASEREP
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Volume: 6 (2024)
  • Submission to acceptance: 25 days
  • Acceptance to publication: 10 days


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