Mikael Häggström [note 1]
Generally 10% neutral buffered formalin. Fix all thyroids at least overnight to avoid artifactual nuclear atypia.
See also: General notes on fixation
Removal during autopsy
Sharply dissect the thyroid from the cartilage, starting at the posterior end of each lobe & working forward. Do not cut the isthmus. Try to find parathyroids.
Gross processing of thyroidectomy
- Weigh. Up to 30 g versus over 30 g grams is an accepted cutoff between normal and increased weight of the thyroid gland.
- Measure each lobe and isthmus in 3 dimensions, respectively.
- Ink outer surface, at least if malignancy is suspected.
((In addition, use different ink colors on the anterior versus posterior “capsular” or "peripheral" surface.))
Serially section the specimen at 3-4mm intervals, such as follows:
See also: General notes on gross processing
Look primarily for the most commons causes of the presentation at hand. Otherwise, thyroid nodules can broadly be classified into benign versus malignant, where the risk of malignancy per nodule case is higher in younger people (approximately 23% in people aged 20-30 and approximately 13% in those aged >70 y). Benign thyroid nodules are generally either follicular adenoma or Hürthle cell adenoma (approximately 60% and 40% of benign nodules, respectively). See hyperthyroidism article for such case presentations.
Thyroiditis, defined by a significant inflammatory infiltrate, usually lymphocytic.
Nodular hyperplasia: Variable sized dilated follicles with flattened to hyperplastic epithelium, and without any significant capsule. Architecture resembles normal thyroid, but may be somewhat hypercellular.
Thyroid follicular adenoma, being architecturally and cytologically different from surrounding gland, and being completely enveloped by thin fibrous capsule (if not being encapsulated, mainly consider thyroid carcinoma if atypical cells, otherwise nodular hyperplasia with dominant nodule, the latter especially if there are hyperplastic changes elsewhere in gland). Hyperfunctioning follicular adenoma typically shows follicles with papillary infoldings and bubbly, pale colloid with peripheral scalloping (a). Non-hyperfunctioning adenomas with papillary hyperplasia usually show a more predominantly papillary pattern without vacuolated cytoplasm and scalloping colloid (b).
Hürthle cell adenoma, typically consisting of cells with large size, distinct cell borders, deeply eosinophilic and granular cytoplasm, large nucleus with prominent nucleolus, and complete loss of cell polarity.
Papillary thyroid carcinoma
A papillary thyroid carcinoma is characterized by:
Also, it typically has nuclei with:
- Enlargement, elongation, overlapping
- Chromatin with clearing, margination, glassy / ground glass texture
- Nuclear membrane with irregular contour
Other thyroid tumors
Follicular thyroid carcinoma, resembling follicular cells, and typically do not display the nuclear features of papillary thyroid carcinoma mentioned above. Distinction from adenoma requires invasion of adjacent thyroid parenchyma, capsule (complete penetration) and/or blood vessels (in or beyond the capsule).
For cancers, generally include a synoptic report, such as per College of American Pathologists (CAP) protocols at cap.org/protocols-and-guidelines.
See also: General notes on reporting
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