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Medullary thyroid carcinoma

Introduction: Medullary thyroid carcinoma

Description of Medullary thyroid carcinoma

Medullary thyroid carcinoma: This carcinoma comprises less than 10% of all thyroid cancers. This specific type as significant diagnostic importance because of its aggressive nature and its close association with multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes. Approximately 10% to 20% of medullary thyroid carcinoma is familial. Patients usually present with a thyroid nodule that is painless and firm. In the majority of cases nodal metastases is present at diagnosis. Surgery is the preferred treatment for both primary therapy and recurrent cases. It is generally not very sensitive to radiation and almost unresponsive to chemotherapy. - 2002
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Medullary thyroid carcinoma: two types are found, familial and sporadic; if familial, the carcinoma is bilateral and may be associated with other benign or malignant endocrine organ tumors; if sporadic, it is unilateral; thyroidectomy and radiation therapy are treatments of choice.
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