Fine-needle cytology (FNC) is frequently used to diagnose thyroid nodules discovered by palpation or imaging studies. Molecular tests on FNC material may increase its diagnostic accuracy. We report a case of a classic papillary thyroid carcinoma combined with a mucoepidermoid carcinoma correctly identified on FNC. The papillary component had a classic immunophenotype (CK19+, TTF1+), while the mucoepidermoid one was only focally CK19+. Point mutations (BRAF and RAS) and rearrangements (RET/PTC) of the papillary component have been also investigated on FNC samples, with resulting concurrent rearrangements of RET/PTC1 and RET/PTC3, but no point mutations. The histogenesis of combined papillary and mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the thyroid still remains partly unsettled, and further genomic studies are needed to shed some more light on this peculiar neoplasm.
- BRAF and RAS point mutations
- Fine-needle cytology
- Papillary thyroid carcinoma
- RET/PTC rearrangement
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism