Follicular thyroid carcinoma presenting as solitary skull metastasis: report of two cases

J Pak Med Assoc. 2008 Oct;58(10):575-7.


We report two otherwise healthy patients with no prior history of thyroid cancer, who presented to us with a solitary scalp lump. Neuroimaging of both patients showed osteolytic lesions involving the cranium which were subjected to complete excision biopsy and cranioplasty. Histopathological examination revealed metastases from well differentiated follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC). Subsequent workup confirmed occult primary carcinoma of the thyroid gland in both patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma, Follicular / diagnosis
  • Adenocarcinoma, Follicular / pathology
  • Adenocarcinoma, Follicular / secondary*
  • Adenocarcinoma, Follicular / surgery
  • Aged
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Skull Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Skull Neoplasms / pathology
  • Skull Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Skull Neoplasms / surgery
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Treatment Outcome