Title

Medullary carcinoma of the thyroid metastatic to the temporal bone

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-1995

Journal

Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Volume

109

Issue

12

DOI

10.1017/S002221510013244X

Keywords

Carcinoma; Medullary; Neoplasm metastasis; Temporal bone; Thyroid neoplasms

Abstract

We report a case of proven thyroid medullary carcinoma, metastatic to the temporal bone. Review of the otolaryngology literature demonstrates that this is the first such report. The patient presented with symptoms, physical examination, and imaging studies suggestive of a glomus jugulare tumour. The pre-operative diagnosis of metastatic thyroid medullary carcinoma, however, was made, based on a history of medullary carcinoma of the thyroid with previous metastases as well as an elevation in calcitonin levels. Histological examination of the surgical specimen confirmed the diagnosis.

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