Tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis mimicking metastatic lymph nodes from papillary thyroid carcinoma

Choi, E. C.; Moon, W.-J.; Lim, Y. C.
October 2009
British Journal of Radiology;Oct2009, Vol. 82 Issue 982, pe208
Academic Journal
Case Study
We report two unusual cases of tuberculous lymphadenitis mimicking metastatic lymph nodes from papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Pre-operative ultrasonography of the cervical nodes suggested a metastasis with cystic necrosis and calcification in PTC patients, but permanent pathology revealed tuberculosis lymphadenitis after neck dissection. In cases suspicious for metastatic cervical nodes in patients with PTC, fine-needle aspiration cytology may be indicated for the differential diagnosis of tuberculosis lymphadenitis, especially in those who have experienced tuberculosis in the past.


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