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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 616580, 5 pages
Case Report

Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma with Micronodular Lung Metastases: A Case Report with an Emphasis on the Imaging Findings

Department of Radiology, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 21941.913, Brazil

Received 4 February 2010; Revised 18 March 2010; Accepted 22 March 2010

Academic Editor: Christian A. Koch

Copyright © 2010 Nina Ventura et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Medullary thyroid carcinoma is a rare malignancy that arises from calcitonin-producing C-cells and frequently metastasizes to lymph nodes in the neck. Distant metastases may involve bone, lung, and liver. The infrequent number of cases limits the clinical nature and ability to optimize diagnostic tools. Here, we present a case of a micronodular radiographic pattern in metastatic medullary thyroid cancer in order to enhance awareness of the disease process. A case discussion and relevant review of the literature are provided.