Acta chirurgica Iugoslavica 2003 Volume 50, Issue 3, Pages: 135-139
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Characteristics of thyroid carcinoma in Graves' disease, chronic lymphocitic thyroiditis and nodular goiter

Filipović Aleksandar B., Paunović Ivan R.

The biology of thyroid cancer represents a spectrum of behavior ranging from well - differentiated lesions with an excellent prognosis to anaplastic carcinoma, wich is almost fatal. For this reason, it is important that clinicians have methods at their disposal to asses the characteristics of patient's thyroid malignancy. In this work we discuss the behavior of differentiated thyroid cancer in associated diseases of thyroid as : Graves’ disease, chronic lymphocitic thyroiditis - Hashimoto and nodular goiter. This is retrospectively reviewing of 50 patients treated for differentiated thyroid carcinoma at Department of surgery, Clinical Centre of Montenegro in Podgorica from 1998 until 2003. We evaluated occurrence, as well as the role of this diseases in patients with thyroid cancer.We found a more favorable course of thyroid cancer in the presence of chronic lymphocitic thyroiditis and nodular goiter, a contrary Graves’ disease. In associated diseases of thyroid, a significantly greater proportion of patients with thyroid cancer, have modular goiter.

Keywords: thyroid carcinoma, Graves’ disease, chronic lymphocitic thyroiditis, nodular goiter

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