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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 142-146

A rare incidental case of an occult breast carcinoma micrometastasis in papillary thyroid carcinoma: A view within a view

1 Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Amritsar, Punjab, India
2 Department of Pathology, Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College, Karnal, Haryana, India
3 Department of Pathology, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, Punjab, India
4 Department of Pathology, Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sonam Sharma
Department of Pathology, Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College, Karnal, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/trp.trp_29_18

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Metastasis to thyroid gland is rare, accounting for only 2%–3% of malignant lesions of thyroid and if present, is associated with a poor prognosis. Herein, we describe a case of a 42-year-old female who presented initially with papillary carcinoma of the thyroid and a synchronous malignancy was pointed toward on the basis of a secondary population of atypical cells in intrathyroidal as well as perithyroidal blood vessels emboli. Immunohistochemistry and systematic review of the patient later proved the micrometastasis to be that of carcinoma breast for which the patient was operated 6 years ago. The present case is worth reporting because it documents the presence of two different cancers in a single-organ system (a rare presentation of breast ductal cancer metastasizing to the papillary thyroid carcinoma) by the means of an important yet overlooked lymphovascular compartment, by the identification of the metastatic tumor emboli.

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