Lesions of the Thyroid Gland

  • W. Wallace Park


The thyroid is unusual in having more, and histologically more sharply divisible, forms of cancer than most other monoepithelial organs or tissues such as, for example, breast or prostate. Classification into papillary, follicular, medullary and anaplastic types is now generally accepted, and many large series of cases thus subdivided have been published with analyses of clinical features, treatment and outcome. Two such, each particularly illustrative with their survival tables for the various forms of carcinoma, are those of Hainan (1966) and Woolner and his colleagues (1968). However, neither here nor in most other series is much consideration given to diagnostic borderline difficulties, whether the tissue in question is carcinomatous or not, and, if it is cancerous, of which type; for the subdivision is not always as easy to make as most texts would have us suppose.


Thyroid Cancer Thyroid Carcinoma Thyroid Gland Total Thyroidectomy Papillary Carcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Wallace Park
    • 1
  1. 1.University Department of PathologyNinewells HospitalDundeeScotland, UK

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