CASTLE tumours of the thyroid Value of multiplanar imaging acquisition


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Mario Musella, Stefano De Franciscis, Andrea Amorosi, Francesco Milone, Simona Truvolo, Alfredo Pede, Jens K. Kuhn

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2006; 77: 509-512

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Thyroid carcinomas thymus-like differentiation (CASTLE) are rare. The aim of this paper
is to address a valid diagnostic and therapeutic protocol for these tumours using three exemplary cases and the previously
published literature,
METHODS: The routine use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in all cases of unclear thyroid fine needle aspiration
cytology (FNAC) or in cases of multiple neck masses.
RESULTS: Three cases of thyroid CASTLE tumours, finally confirmed by histology, are evaluated. All three patients remain
in good conditions after an aggressive surgical approach followed by radiotherapy
CONCLUSIONS: MRI should be routinely used in cases of unclear FNAC or multiple neck masses, Surgery and radiotherapy
are effective to manage thyroid CASTLE tumours