Anaplastic thyroid cancer - Symptom
Anaplastic carcinoma of the thyroid
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hoarseness or changing voice
- Loud breathing
- Lower neck mass, often noted to be rapidly enlarging
Signs and tests:
A physical examination almost always show a neck mass.
- A CT scan or MRI of the neck may show a tumor growing from the thyroid gland.
- A thyroid biopsy shows anaplastic cancer.
- An examination of the airway with a fiberoptic scope (laryngoscopy) may show a paralyzed vocal cord.
- A thyroid scan shows this mass to be "cold," meaning it does not absorb a radioactive isotope.
Thyroid function blood tests are usually normal.
- Reviewed last on: 3/2/2010
- David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Ladenson P, Kim M. Thyroid. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 244.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN Guidelines in Oncology 2010: Thyroid Cancer. Version 1.2010.
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