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Surgery Today

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 151–154 | Cite as

Colonic Adenocarcinoma Metastatic to the Thyroid: Report of a Case

  • Koho Akimaru
  • Masahiko Onda
  • Takashi Tajiri
  • Kimiyoshi Shimanuki
  • Hiroshi Iwama
  • Keiko Furukawa
  • Yoshihiko Sugiyama

Abstract

We report herein the case of a 67-year-old man who was admitted to our hospital with a 3-month history of hoarseness, a cervical mass, and weak muscles of the extremities 6 years after undergoing a right colectomy for carcinoma. Physical and imaging examinations disclosed a nodule in the thyroid with swollen cervical lymph nodes, multiple pulmonary lesions with pleural effusion, and a cerebral mass. Fine-needle aspiration cytology of the thyroid nodule and brush cytology of the lung mass revealed adenocarcinoma, which was consistent with a diagnosis of metastases from the primary colon adenocarcinoma to the thyroid, brain, and lung. The patient eventually died from the malignancy, although he survived for 4 months after the disclosure of the metastases. The rarity, diagnosis, and prognosis of thyroid metastasis from colon carcinoma are discussed.

Key words Colon cancer Metastasis Thyroid gland 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Koho Akimaru
    • 1
  • Masahiko Onda
    • 1
  • Takashi Tajiri
    • 1
  • Kimiyoshi Shimanuki
    • 2
  • Hiroshi Iwama
    • 3
  • Keiko Furukawa
    • 4
  • Yoshihiko Sugiyama
    • 4
  1. 1.First Department of Surgery, Nippon Medical School, 1-1-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8603, JapanJP
  2. 2.Departments of Surgery,JP
  3. 3.Anesthesiology, andJP
  4. 4.Pathology, Central Aizu General Hospital, 1-1 Tsuruga, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima 965-0011, JapanJP

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