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Malignant peripheral sheath tumour of the neck mimicking a thyroid tumour. A case report and a literature review from a reference centre for endocrine surgery

Waldemar Balcerzak, Andrzej T. Dorobisz, Piotr Czopnik
Chirurgia Polska 2016;18(1-2):34-38.

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Vol 18, No 1-2 (2016)
Case reports
Published online: 2017-06-13

Abstract

Malignant peripheral sheath tumors (MPNST) are rare soft tissue sarcomas originating from peripheral sheath cells. The main risk factor is neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). The localization in the head and neck region is uncommon (up to 15% of all cases of MPNST) making the diagnosis difficult due to anatomical and clinical reasons. We present a case of 45-years-old female with the NF-1- linked MPNST localized in the thyroid region with clinical manifestation as a left thyroid tumour. The patient underwent surgery and adjuvant radiation therapy, remaining disease-free for 14 months after the treatment.

Abstract

Malignant peripheral sheath tumors (MPNST) are rare soft tissue sarcomas originating from peripheral sheath cells. The main risk factor is neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). The localization in the head and neck region is uncommon (up to 15% of all cases of MPNST) making the diagnosis difficult due to anatomical and clinical reasons. We present a case of 45-years-old female with the NF-1- linked MPNST localized in the thyroid region with clinical manifestation as a left thyroid tumour. The patient underwent surgery and adjuvant radiation therapy, remaining disease-free for 14 months after the treatment.

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Keywords

malignant peripheral sheath tumour, head and neck tumours, thyroid tumours, neurofibromatosis type 1 (von Recklinghausen disease), soft tissue sarcoma

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Title

Malignant peripheral sheath tumour of the neck mimicking a thyroid tumour. A case report and a literature review from a reference centre for endocrine surgery

Journal

Chirurgia Polska (Polish Surgery)

Issue

Vol 18, No 1-2 (2016)

Pages

34-38

Published online

2017-06-13

Bibliographic record

Chirurgia Polska 2016;18(1-2):34-38.

Keywords

malignant peripheral sheath tumour
head and neck tumours
thyroid tumours
neurofibromatosis type 1 (von Recklinghausen disease)
soft tissue sarcoma

Authors

Waldemar Balcerzak
Andrzej T. Dorobisz
Piotr Czopnik

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