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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 16, Issue 2, Sept 2015 pp 371-373

Case Report

Oncocytic papillary thyroid carcinoma - A rare case report

Madasamy Balamurugan1, C P Luck2, V Aruna Padmavathy3, R Ragavi4

1Professor and HOD, 2Associate Professor, 3Assistant Professor, 4Student, Department of Pathology, Tagore Medical College and Hospital, Chennai–600127, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

Oncocytic variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is a rare subtype of thyroid tumors. It can show considerable architectural and cellular variations and its biological behavior is not well documented. The tumor cells of Oncocytic variant of PTC characteristically have eosinophilic, granular cytoplasm due to mitochondrial content. But nuclear features are typical of PTC which is optically clear with some time showing grooves. Due to these features it can present considerable diagnostic difficulty particularly in Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC). We present this case of Oncocytic variant of PTC for its rarity and diagnostic difficulty.