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Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 235062, 3 pages
Case Report

Whistle from Afar: A Case of Endotracheal Metastasis in Papillary Thyroid Cancer

1Department of Medicine, Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College, 138 A.J.C. Bose Road, West Bengal, Kolkata 700014, India
2Department of Radiotherapy, Calcutta Medical College, Kolkata 700073, India

Received 27 August 2012; Accepted 15 September 2012

Academic Editors: B. I. Razzouk and Y. Yamada

Copyright © 2012 Bitoti Chattopadhyay 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.


Endotracheal metastasis is a rare situation, usually associated with malignancies of breast and gastrointestinal tract, specially colon. Papillary carcinoma of thyroid commonly disseminates through lymphatic channels and tracheal involvement through vascular route is rarely reported. Here, we report a case of tracheal metastasis from papillary carcinoma of thyroid. The patient responded to external beam radiation therapy with cobalt 60 beams in a dose of 44 Gy followed by a 16 Gy boost. The patient is under followup and is presently asymptomatic. This paper adds to the repertoire of evidence in treatment of endotracheal metastasis.