Cite this page: Cytology/Competency Assessment - Ectopic Thyroid and Parathyroid. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://pathologyoutlines.com/topic/mdstnmcytcompectopicthyroid.html. Accessed January 20th, 2017.
Medical Knowledge, Practice Based Learning and Systems Based Practice
- Recognize that thyroid-derived lesions are commonly encountered as mediastinal masses
- Recognize the utility of radiologic studies in confirming continuity of the thyroid with the mass in question
- Realize that the FNA findings of thyroid lesions presenting as mediastinal masses are as expected, once their origin as thyroid-derived is recognized
- Appreciate the utility of Romanowsky-stained preparations to recognize colloid when the precise origin of a given mass is not yet determined
- Recognize the frequency of parathyroid lesions presenting as mediastinal masses, and their ability to cause clinical symptoms (hyperparathyroidism)
- Become familiar with the FNA findings of a parathyroid lesion, particularly the difficulty in differentiating the component cells from follicular cells of the thyroid, based on cytomorphology alone