Differentiating different thyroid carcinomas?

I'm a little confused about how to determine what type of thyroid cancer is present in patients. How do we differentiate between the 4 main types (pap, follic, medul, anaplastic) without using a biopsy - i.e. from blood tests, symptoms etc.

Also, how commonly do these carcioma's cause hyperthyroidism?

Authored By Ricky Rimmer on Thursday 25th April 2013

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R Hutch
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Posted over 7 years ago

To start with you can differentiate them epidemiologically - Papillary being the most common, then Follicular, then Medullary, followed by Anaplastic.

Then consider age, Papillary is more common in younger-middle age patients, Follicular Middl

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Debkumar Chowdhury
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Clinical Fellow Surgery - West of Scotland
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Posted over 7 years ago

One important fact to remember (especially for the membership exams) is that it is not possible to differentiate follicular adenoma from follicular carcinoma on the basis of cytological, sonographic, or clinical features alone. A more invasive mode fo

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sampath kumar
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Posted over 7 years ago

papillary ca - most common form , young females , lymphnode metastasis more common

follicular ca - most common in iodine deficient areas , vascular invasion is common and spread hematogenously.

anaplastic - more common in >50 yrs sud

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