Which findings on ultrasound are characteristic of papillary thyroid cancer?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Papillary thyroid cancer is characterized by the following US features:

  • Solid or predominantly solid
  • Hypoechoic
  • Microcalcifications (highly specific)
  • Infiltrative irregular margins (common)
  • Increased nodular vascularity

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