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Case Report  |   April 1996
Hurthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid
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Case Report   |   April 1996
Hurthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1996, Vol. 96, 250. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1996.96.4.250
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1996, Vol. 96, 250. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1996.96.4.250
Abstract

Hurthle cell tumors of the thyroid are uncommon neoplasms that generate considerable controversy regarding the correct clinicopathologic criteria for determining which lesions require aggressive surgical management and which lesions require conservative therapy. The neoplasms range from benign tumors that disappear spontaneously to tumors with widespread metastasis. The origin of these tumors is unclear, their clinical course is variable and largely unpredictable, and diagnosis is difficult. Neither atypical architecture nor cytologic features are reliable indicators of malignancy. Surgery is the only effective treatment modality. The authors present two case studies of patients with Hurthle cell carcinoma. They also discuss the natural history and management of this disease.