“Noninvasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm With Papillary-Like Nuclear Features” With Focal Spindle Cell Metaplasia

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Abstract

“Noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features” (NIFTP) is a recent reclassification of the encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma, which is supposed to reflect its indolent clinical behavior and to prevent overtreatment of patients with this neoplasm. The diagnosis of NIFTP can only be made histologically on the surgical specimen according to specific inclusion and exclusion criteria, which requires the examination of the whole nodule and its capsule. Spindle cell proliferations, especially of follicular cell origin, arising within thyroid follicular neoplasms are very rare and may cause diagnostic difficulties. Few reports described spindle cell proliferations arising in follicular thyroid adenoma and papillary thyroid carcinoma. To the best of our knowledge, only one case has been reported in NIFTP so far. In this article, we report a unique case of NIFTP associated with a spindle cell proliferation that was characterized immunohistochemically. Specific issues related to this case are discussed.

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