Microfilariae in thyroid aspiration smear An unexpected find

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Microfilariae in thyroid aspiration smear An unexpected find

Postby patoco » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:23 am

Microfilariae in thyroid aspiration smear - An unexpected finding

Jan 2008

Veena Maheshwari, M.D., Lubna Khan, M.D., Ghazala Mehdi, M.D., Uzma Zafar, M.D. *, Kiran Alam, M.D.
Department of Pathology, JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

email: Uzma Zafar (uzmajalees@gmail.com)

*Correspondence to Uzma Zafar, 4/1121 Sir Syed Nagar, Aligarh (UP) 202002, India


microfilaria • thyroid • fine-needle aspirate


Lymphatic filariasis is a major health problem in tropical countries including India. Despite its high incidence it is difficult to find microfilariae in blood and fine-needle aspirates due to the nocturnal periodicity of species endemic in India. Lymphatic filariasis can manifest as asymptomatic microfilaremia, hydrocele, lymphangitis, and lymphadenitis.

The presence of microfilariae in thyroid aspirates is a rare finding. A case of microfilariae in a thyroid aspirate is being reported to emphasize the significance of careful screening of smears in endemic areas. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2008;36:40-41.

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