Anaplastic thyroid cancer physical examination

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Ammu Susheela, M.D. [2]

Overview

Patients with anaplastic thyroid cancer usually appear thin and cachectic. Physical examination of patients with anaplastic thyroid cancer is usually remarkable for thyromegaly, lymphadenopathy, and anxiety.

Physical Examination

Appearance of the Patient

  • Patient may be thin and cachectic

Vitals

Temperature

Pulse

Rate
Rhythm
  • The pulse is irregularly irregular

Blood Pressure

Respiratory Rate

Skin

Moist, warm skin

Head

Eyes

  • Numerous yellowish-white, sessile, painless nodules on the sclera and eyelids
  • Dry eyes may be present

Neck

Heart

Neurologic

  • Mental status may be altered
  • Anxiety

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References

  1. Shahnazari, Banafshe; Aghamaleki, Aria; Larijani, Bagher; Mohajeri Tehrani, Mohammad Reza; Rafati, Hasan; Babamahmoodi, Abdolreza (2012). "A Case of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2B and Gangliomatosis of Gastrointestinal Tract". Case Reports in Medicine. 2012: 1–4. doi:10.1155/2012/491054. ISSN 1687-9627.



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