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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 952095, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Actual Incidence and Clinical Behaviour of Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma: An Institutional Experience

1Istituto di Semeiotica Chirurgica, U.O. di Chirurgia Endocrina e Metabolica, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Policlinico A. Gemelli, L.go A. Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome, Italy
2Istituto di Anatomia Patologica, U.O. di Istologia e Citodiagnosi, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Policlinico A. Gemelli, L.go A. Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome, Italy

Received 30 August 2013; Accepted 19 January 2014; Published 4 March 2014

Academic Editors: T. E. Adrian, L. K. Malendowicz, and H. Zitzelsberger

Copyright © 2014 Carmela De Crea 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.


Follicular thyroid carcinoma classically accounts for 10–32% of thyroid malignancies. We determined the incidence and the behaviour of follicular thyroid carcinoma in an endemic goitre area. A comparative analysis between minimally invasive and widely invasive follicular thyroid carcinoma was performed. The medical records of all patients who underwent thyroidectomy from October 1998 to April 2012 for thyroid malignancies were reviewed. Those who had a histological diagnosis of follicular carcinoma were included. Among 5203 patients, 130 (2.5%) were included. Distant metastases at presentation were observed in four patients. Sixty-six patients had a minimally invasive follicular carcinoma and 64 a widely invasive follicular carcinoma. In 63 patients an oxyphilic variant was registered. Minimally/widely invasive ratio was 41/26 for usual follicular carcinoma and 25/38 for oxyphilic variant ( ). Patients with widely invasive tumors had larger tumors ( ) and more frequently oxyphilic variant ( ) than those with minimally invasive tumours. No significant difference was found between widely invasive and minimally invasive tumors and between usual follicular carcinoma and oxyphilic variant regarding the recurrence rate ( ). The incidence of follicular thyroid carcinoma is much lower than classically retained. Aggressive treatment, including total thyroidectomy and radioiodine ablation, should be proposed to all patients.