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Follicular Neoplasms of the Thyroid: View, Biases, and Experiences

LiVolsi, Virginia A MD; Baloch, Zubair W MD, PHD

Advances in Anatomic Pathology: November 2004 - Volume 11 - Issue 6 - p 279-287
doi: 10.1097/01.pap.0000138143.34505.02
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The authors review the group of thyroid tumors characterized by a follicular growth pattern; these include follicular adenoma, follicular carcinoma, and the follicular variant of papillary carcinoma. Most of these lesions can be diagnosed with ease, but a subgroup has generated recent controversy in the literature. The authors present their views based on their experience with the cytologic and histologic diagnosis of these tumors and propose a scheme to assist in their classification and appropriate clinical management.

From the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reprints: Zubair W. Baloch, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 6 Founders Pavilion, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (e-mail: baloch@mail.med.upenn.edu).

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.