Thyroid cancer presenting as a hot thyroid nodule: report of a case and review of the literature

Thyroidology. 1988 Apr;(1):63-8.


We report a patient with a papillary carcinoma of the thyroid occurring within a hyperfunctioning adenoma. This patient underwent surgery on the basis of a positive fine-needle aspiration biopsy even though the 123I scan showed a hyperfunctioning nodule suppressing the rest of the gland. To avoid overlooking a thyroid carcinoma in a patient with a thyroid nodule, fine-needle aspiration biopsy should be performed routinely and a surgical procedure should be done when indicated by cytological data, regardless of scan findings.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Adult
  • Carcinoma, Papillary / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*