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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 795686, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/795686
Case Report

Malar Bone Metastasis Revealing a Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

1Department of Nuclear Medicine, Salah Azaiez Institut, University El Manar II, 1006 Tunis, Tunisia
2Department of Immunohistocytology, Salah Azaiez Institut, University El Manar II, 1006 Tunis, Tunisia
3Department of Otorinolaryngology, Salah Azaiez Institut, University El Manar II, 1006 Tunis, Tunisia

Received 29 April 2012; Accepted 26 June 2012

Academic Editors: G. Paludetti, L.-F. Wang, and H. Yamane

Copyright © 2012 Ihsen Slim 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.

Abstract

Papillary thyroid carcinoma is the most common form of differentiated thyroid carcinoma. It is generally confined to the neck with or without spread to regional lymph nodes. Metastatic thyroid carcinomas are uncommon and mainly include lung and bone. Metastases involving oral and maxillofacial region are extremely rare. We described a case of malar metastasis revealing a follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma, presenting with pain and swelling of the left cheek in a 67-years-old female patient with an unspecified histological left lobo-isthmectomy medical history. To our knowledge, this is the first recorded instance of a malar metastasis from a follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma.