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follicular carcinoma

 

Definition: carcinoma of the thyroid composed of well-differentiated or poorly differentiated epithelial follicles without papillary formation, which is difficult to distinguish from adenoma; the criteria include blood vessel invasion and the finding of metastases of follicular thyroid tissue in other structures such as cervical lymph nodes and bone; follicular carcinoma may take up radioactive iodine.

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