Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp 389–393 | Cite as

Detection of Solitary Axillary Lymph Node Metastases from Hürthle Cell Carcinoma of the Thyroid on 18F-FDG PET/CT

  • Meghana Prabhu
  • Deepali Jain
  • Siddhartha Datta Gupta
  • Chandrasekhar Bal
  • Rakesh KumarEmail author
Case Report


Thyroid carcinoma is the most common neoplasm of endocrine malignancies. Differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) constitutes 90% of the thyroid carcinomas, rest being medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC). Distant metastases occur in up to 10% of patients with DTC. Metastases to axillary lymph nodes (ALN) are very rare. As per literature, only 25 cases have been reported. We report an unusual case of 47-year-old male with Hürthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid presenting with a solitary axillary lymph node metastasis 17 years after thyroidectomy, along with review of literature.


Axillary lymph node metastasis Hürthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid 18F-FDG PET/CT Recurrence 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors Meghana Prabhu, Deepali Jain, Siddhartha Datta Gupta, Chandra Sekhar Bal, Rakesh Kumar declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Human and Animal Rights

This chapter does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed Consent

The institutional review board of our institute approved this retrospective study, and the requirement to obtain informed consent was waived.

Informed consent was obtained from the patient for FDG PET/CT in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meghana Prabhu
    • 1
  • Deepali Jain
    • 2
  • Siddhartha Datta Gupta
    • 2
  • Chandrasekhar Bal
    • 1
  • Rakesh Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of PathologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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