Clinical aggressiveness of incidental and non-incidental thyroid cancer

Anna Ciampolillo, M. Bellacicco, A. Natalicchio, A. Pezzolla, P. Trerotoli, L. Grammatica, G. Achille, F. Giorgino

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Background: With the increasing use of thyroid ultrasound, the recognition of thyroid nodules in a large proportion of apparently healthy subjects has become common. Because also the papillary thyroid microcarcinomas (PTMC) are being increasingly discovered, it is important to ascertain whether PTMC may exhibit heterogenous clinical features, associated with different aggressiveness. Aim: We retrospectively examined 122 subjects [98 female (80.3%), and 24 male (19.7%)] with thyroid cancer to find potential clinical and pathological findings that could be predictive of clinically aggressive behavior. Results: Twenty of the 31 patients with true incidental cancer (64.5%) in comparison to 20 of the 91 patients with non-incidental cancer (21.9%) had a diameter

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-603
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


  • Aggressiveness
  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy
  • Incidental diagnosis
  • Microcarcinoma
  • Thyroid carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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