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Case Report - Otolaryngology Online Journal (2018) Volume 8, Issue 2

Retropharyngeal Metastasis from Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma: Case Report

The presence of a retropharyngeal mass elicits the possibility of a wide range of diagnosis. Inflammatory lesions are the most frequent, but neoplastic causes should also be excluded. Observation: A 56-yearsold man presented with a slow growing left cervical mass. Cervical computed tomography showed cystic and calcified lesions in the left retropharyngeal and supraclavicular spaces. Cytology of the supraclavicular mass revealed papillary thyroid carcinoma cells. Total thyroidectomy with left cervical lymphadenectomy and excision of the retropharyngeal mass were ensued. Histology confirmed retropharyngeal and supraclavicular node metastasis from papillary carcinoma. Discussion: Retropharyngeal node metastization from thyroid papillary carcinoma is very rare, but Otolaryngology should think about this possible diagnosis in the evaluation of a retropharyngeal mass, even in patients already submitted to cervical lymphadenectomy."

Author(s): Pedro Carneiro de Sousa*, Rita Peixoto, Catarina Rato, Pedro Koch, Rosa Saraiva, Nuno Trigueiros-Cunha, Delfim Duarte and Nuno Oliveira

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