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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 125-127

Rare association of papillary carcinoma of thyroid with adult T-cell lymphoma/leukemia

1 Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
2 Department of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

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Alka Mary Mathai
Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, P.O Box - 53, Mangalore-575 001, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0377-4929.59202

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Papillary carcinoma is the most common malignant tumor of the thyroid, especially in countries with adequate or excess iodine in diet. Many studies indicate that a sizable number of papillary cancer cases occur in a setting of chronic thyroiditis. But the tumor that arises more frequently in thyroiditis is malignant lymphoma. We report a rare association of papillary carcinoma of thyroid in an elderly lady with adult T-cell lymphoma/leukemia. Fine needle aspiration of the thyroid, neck nodes and evaluation of the bone marrow and peripheral blood helped in the diagnosis of papillary cancer coexisting with adult T-cell lymphoma/leukemia.

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