Symptoms & Signs
* Coughing up blood
* Difficulty swallowing
* Hoarseness or changing voice
* Loud breathing
* Lower neck mass, often noted to be enlarging
Diagnosis & Tests
A physical examination may show a neck mass.
* A CT scan or MRI may show a tumor growing from the thyroid gland.
* A thyroid biopsy shows anaplastic carcinoma.
* An examination of the airway with a fiberoptic scope (laryngoscopy) may show a paralyzed vocal cord.
* An isotope study of the thyroid (thyroid scan) shows this mass to be “cold,” meaning it does not absorb the isotope.
Reviewed By : Deborah Wexler, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Endocrinologist, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.