Static pulmonary nodules from thyroid malignancy

Najmul Islam, Munira Mehboob Shahpurwala, Bilal Karim Siddiqui, Javaid A. Khan

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Papillary carcinoma of thyroid tends to be indolent. This is an unusual case of papillary carcinoma of thyroid with asymptomatic pulmonary metastasis for more than a decade, finally presenting with mild respiratory symptoms in a 21-year-old female. Fine needle aspiration and cytology (FNA-C) of a nodule in the lungs revealed features consistent with a papillary carcinoma of thyroid. Confirmed on thyroidectomy specimen. She subsequently received Iodine-131 (1131). A follow-up radio-iodide scan, 48 hours after, revealed diffuse uptake within the lung parenchyma. With static nodular shadowing on radiograph, a metastatic origin, in particular that of the thyroid, should be considered. 1131 scintigraphy can help support the diagnosis of carcinoma of thyroid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-285
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


  • Carcinoma
  • Nodules
  • Papillary
  • Pulmonary
  • Thyroid


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