Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

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Hurthle cell tumor of the thyroid gland: Report of a rare case and review of literature

PCN Okere, DB Olusina, MO Enyinnah


This article presents a case of Hurthle cell adenoma (HCA) of the thyroid  gland with a review of literature on Hurthle cell tumors. This case presented is that of a 57-year-old woman with a recurrent thyroid swelling. She previously underwent a right hemithyroidectomy for thyroid mass 10 years prior. A left lobectomy was done and microscopic examination revealed a HCA of the thyroid. The patient was discharged on thyroid replacement therapy and has remained healthy after more than 24 months of follow.up. The literature review highlights the criteria for diagnosis, the role of imaging and fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) in preoperative diagnosis.

Key words: Goiter, Hurthle cell, thyroid tumors
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