Gennaio 2016 - Volume XXXV - numero 1

Medico e Bambino


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Malattia di Graves e iperplasia timica: quale relazione?

Vanna Graziani1, Andrea Zucchini2, Federico Marchetti1 1UOC di Pediatria e Neonatologia, Ospedale di Ravenna, 2Ospedale di Faenza, AUSL della Romagna

Indirizzo per corrispondenza: federico.marchetti@ausl.ra.it

Graves’ disease and thymic hyperplasia: what relationship?

Key words: Thymic hyperplasia, Graves’ disease, Case report

The case of a 10-year-old girl with clinical hypothyroidism in substitution treatment is described. After the onset of symptoms suggestive of mediastinal mass associated with evolution in hyperthyroidism, she was diagnosed with thymic hyperplasia in Graves’ disease. The mass regressed after antithyroid treatment. Thymic hyperplasia is a benign condition that can be associated with Graves’ disease even if symptomatic massive enlargement is rare. The pathogenesis is not well understood. Antithyroid drugs usually lead to regression, therefore a correct diagnosis by using imaging techniques (echography, MRI, and CT), is essential to avoid unnecessary surgical procedures.

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V. Graziani, A. Zucchini, F. Marchetti. Malattia di Graves e iperplasia timica: quale relazione? . Medico e Bambino 2016;35(1):55-57 https://www.medicoebambino.com/?id=1601_55.pdf

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Un caso di associazione di malattia di Graves e carcinoma papillare tiroideo

Moira Alessandra Pinotti1, Fabiana Codazzi2, Francesca Cortinovis1, Cesare Ghitti1

1UOC di Pediatria, 2UOC di Radiologia, AO Bolognini, Seriate (BG)

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A case of association of Graves' disease and papillary thyroid carcinoma

Key words: Graves’ disease, Fine needle aspiration citology, Papillary thyroid carcinoma, Case report

Graves’ disease in children is rare; for this reason and for the insidious clinical presentation, the diagnosis is difficult, especially when there are not risk factors that orient the clinician. The paper reports the case of a 15-year-old boy with non-contributory familiar and personal history. Three months after weight loss, clinical and laboratory data permitted to make a diagnosis of Graves’ disease. A 5 mm thyroid nodule and the ultrasound features of cervical lymph nodes led to further diagnosis: fine needle aspiration cytology of a lymph node confirmed metastasis of papillary thyroid carcinoma. After 9 months from the first therapeutic intervention, the cancer showed an aggressive evolution with cervical lymph nodes relapse. The right attention to the clinical and ultrasound data allowed the identification of this rare association of pathologies also in a paediatric department of first level; the difficult follow up should be entrusted to a center with proven experience and with a multidisciplinary team.

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M.A. Pinotti, F. Codazzi, F. Cortinovis, C. Ghitti. Un caso di associazione di malattia di Graves e carcinoma papillare tiroideo . Medico e Bambino 2016;35(1):55-57 https://www.medicoebambino.com/?id=1601_55.pdf


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