A 51-year-old female asked:
What is rare histiocytes and follicular cells in thyroid nodule?
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Pathology 49 years experience
Not cancer: Follicular cells are normal component of thyroid. Histiocytes suggest a non-specific response some injury.
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Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Incomplete informat: The presence of histiocytes (a type of inflammatory cell) & expected follicular cells in thyroid is not necessarily worrisome. But it depends on your symptoms, & what prompted the biopsy / FNA to begin with. Also, did you have a radioactive iodine exam? (Called "thyroid uptake & scan")? That tells you if the follicle is "functional" or not (making hormone). A hyperfunctional nodule is more worriso
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