Papillary thyroid carcinoma: does the association with Hashimoto's thyroiditis affect the clinicopathological characteristics of the disease? Please cite this article as: Girardi FM, Barra MB, Zettler CG. Papillary thyroid carcinoma: does the association with Hashimoto's thyroiditis affect the clinicopathological characteristics of the disease? Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. 2015;81:283-7. ☆☆ ☆☆ Institution: Complexo Hospitalar Santa Casa de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, RS, Brazil.

Fábio Muradás Girardi Marinez Bizarro Barra Cláudio Galleano Zettler About the authors

INTRODUCTION:

Papillary carcinoma is the most common malignant thyroid neoplasm. The effect of the concurrent presence of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and papillary thyroid carcinoma remains controversial.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the association between Hashimoto's thyroiditis and clinicopathological parameters in thyroid papillary carcinoma cases, based on an historical institutional cohort analysis.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional study obtained from a historical cohort, including all cases submitted to thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid carcinoma in a single institution during an 11-year period study.

RESULTS:

A total of 417 patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma were enrolled; 148 (35.4%) also had Hashimoto's thyroiditis. A female predominance among cases associated to Hashimoto's thyroiditis was observed. The thyroid tumor, in cases associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, had a smaller mean diameter, lower frequency of extra-thyroid extension, and earlier clinicopathological staging.

CONCLUSIONS:

A high proportion of papillary thyroid carcinoma cases are associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. There are associations among these cases with several histopathological factors already recognized for their prognostic value, which by themselves could impact outcomes.

Thyroid neoplasms; Prognosis; Papillary carcinoma


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