Papillary Microcarcinoma of the Thyroid Gland in Renal Transplant Patients

Balázs NEMES1, Attila ZALATNAI2, Hemangshu PODDER1, Jenő JÁRAY1, Péter SÓTONYI Jr1, Zsuzsa SCHAFF2, Katalin FÖLDES1, Ferenc PERNER1

1Department of Transplantation and Surgery, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
21st Institute of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary


Among organ transplant recipients there is a world wide increase in the number of de novo tumors as well as a decrease in the time of the first appearance after the transplantation. Between 1973 and the 31th of August 1999 1709 cadaver renal allograft transplantations were perfomed in our Department. Four thyroid cancers were detected among the renal transplanted patients. Two of them proved to be papillary microcarcinomas. Although the elevated risk of thyroid cancers is well established in the literature papillary microcarcinomas have never been reported before in an immunosuppressed patient. Authors highlight that the thyroid gland should always be carefully checked in organ transplant recipients, since better survival might be achieve even in the immunosuppressed population. Metastatic tumor is relatively benign which is in correlation with the literature, but there has been little experience in organ transplanted patients so far. Pathology & Oncology Research, Vol 6, Nr 1, 72-75, 2000

Key words: papillary microcarcinoma; thyroid cancer; immunosuppression; renal transplantation

Received: Feb 24, 1999; accepted: Dec 10, 1999
Correspondence: Balázs NEMES, Department of Transplantation and Surgery, Semmelweis University, Baross u. 23 Budapest H-1082, Hungary; Tel: +36-1-267-6000, Fax: +36-1-31-70-964; E-mail:

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