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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 179407, 3 pages
Case Report

Metastasis of Colorectal Adenocarcinoma to the Thyroid: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Department of Colorectal Surgery, North Manchester General Hospital, Delaunays Road, Crumpsall M8 5RB, UK

Received 16 August 2012; Accepted 4 November 2012

Academic Editors: K. W. Lobdell and M. L. Quek

Copyright © 2012 C. Goatman 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.


Purpose. We present a rare case of colorectal metastasis to the thyroid five years following primary colonic resection. This case highlights the need to be cognisant of unusual sites of metastasis from colorectal neoplasms. Case Report. An 82-year-old male patient had a panproctocolectomy for synchronous colorectal tumours. Five years later he was found to have lung and thyroid metastases found incidentally on imaging for an acute presentation with small bowel obstruction. Conclusion. Metastases to the thyroid should be considered in the differential diagnosis of the thyroid lesion with any history of malignancy, particularly with increasing patient age and when renal cell carcinoma or lung, colon, or breast primaries are involved.