Medullary thyroid carcinoma presenting as a supraglottic mass
Ear, Nose and Throat Journal
© 2015 Vendome Group, LLC. We report a rare case of medullary thyroid carcinoma that presented as a metastasis to the supraglottic larynx. A 92-year-old man with a 3-month history of voice change and airway obstruction was diagnosed with medullary thyroid carcinoma metastatic to the supraglottis. Excision of the mass, total thyroidectomy, and elective neck dissection were recommended, but the patient declined because of his advanced age. Medullary carcinoma of the thyroid gland is a rare neuroendocrine tumor with a poor prognosis when associated with a distant metastasis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of a medullary carcinoma of the thyroid presenting as a supraglottic mass. Total thyroidectomy, neck dissection, and surgical excision of the entire tumor comprise the treatment of choice.
White, J., Mohyeldin, A., Schwartz, A., & Bielamowicz, S. (2014). Medullary thyroid carcinoma presenting as a supraglottic mass. Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, 93 (10). http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/014556131409310-1103