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Our approach to follicular-patterned lesions of the thyroid
  1. Zubair W Baloch,
  2. Virginia A LiVolsi
  1. Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr V A LiVolsi
 Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 6 Founders Pavilion, 3400 Spruce Street, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA; linus{at}mail.med.upenn.edu

Abstract

Follicular-patterned lesions of the thyroid are common; these include hyperplastic/adenomatoid nodules, follicular adenoma, follicular carcinoma and follicular variants of papillary carcinoma. Most of these lesions can be diagnosed with ease; however, there is a controversial subgroup. In this review, we present our diagnostic approach based on our experience with the histological diagnosis of these tumours, which can help in appropriate clinical management.

  • FNA, fine needle aspirate
  • FVPTC, follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma
  • PPAR, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor
  • PTC papillary thyroid carcinoma

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Footnotes

  • Published Online First 23 June 2006

  • Competing interests: None declared.

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