Journal of Cytology
Home About us Ahead of print Instructions Submission Subscribe Advertise Contact e-Alerts Login 
Users Online:2287
  Print this page  Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size

 Table of Contents    
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 131-138
Functional state of cells during their life and on their journey toward inactivity and death: Search for morphological evidence in thyroid fine needle aspiration smears

Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, and Cytology Unit, Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, Kuwait

Click here for correspondence address and email

Date of Web Publication12-Jul-2018


Synthesis and storage of thyroglobulin as well as synthesis of thyroid hormones and their release into the circulation are important functions of thyroid, which were studied in fine needle aspiration (FNA) smears from thyroid lesions. Evidence of thyroglobulin synthesis was demonstrated in neoplastic and nonneoplastic follicular cells, especially in Hürthle cells, in the form of colloid inclusions. Whereas the pinocytic vesicles containing colloid at the luminal end of in nonneoplastic and neoplastic follicular cells indicated engulfment of colloid for synthesis of thyroid hormones (T3and T4), the marginal vacuoles (MVs) (fire-flare appearance) at the basal aspects of follicular cells suggested their release on way to the interfollicular capillaries. The morphological evidence of secretary activity could also be demonstrated in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in the form of azurophilic granules, marginal vacuoles, and intracytoplasmic lumina (ICL) with secretions; the secretory material, likely to be amyloid, present in MTC cells, and their release to the extracellular space was confirmed by positive immunocytochemical staining for calcitonin. It was found that nuclear grooves and related intranuclear cytoplasmic inclusions (INCIs) in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) possibly represent an initial step of a degenerative process leading to formation of inactive cerebriform nuclei. Based on observation regarding formation and release of precursor substances for psammoma bodies (PBs), it was also suggested that PBs may not represent a process of dystrophic calcification over infarcted/dead papillae but suggest an active biological process, which leads to inhibition of growth of neoplastic cells and acts as a barrier against spread of PTC.

Keywords: Calcitonin, cerebriform nuclei, colloid inclusion, marginal vacuoles, nuclear grooves

How to cite this article:
Das DK. Functional state of cells during their life and on their journey toward inactivity and death: Search for morphological evidence in thyroid fine needle aspiration smears. J Cytol 2018;35:131-8

How to cite this URL:
Das DK. Functional state of cells during their life and on their journey toward inactivity and death: Search for morphological evidence in thyroid fine needle aspiration smears. J Cytol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 Sep 27];35:131-8. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Living cells, neoplastic or nonneoplastic, can synthesize and secrete their products; whereas some of these functions can be observed in cytologic or histologic preparations, they are often not highlighted in diagnostic pathology reports. Review of literature on synthesis, storage, and secretion of thyroid hormones [1],[2] reveals that the thyroglobulin synthesis and packaging takes place in the long endoplasmic reticulum and large Golgi apparatus, respectively, in the cytoplasm of thyroid follicular cells. Thyroid peroxidize (TPO) oxidizes the trapped iodine from circulation to form reactive I2, which combines directly with amino acid tyrosine in thyroglobulin molecule to form monoiodotyronine (MIT) and diiodotyrosine (DIT), which in turn form triiodothyrosin (T3), and thyroxine (T4). The biologically active T3 and T4 are stored in the central colloid cavity, and under the influence of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), pseudopods from the apical surface of follicular cells close around small portions of colloid to form pinocytic vesicles (phagosomes) in follicular cells, which fuse with the lysosomes to form digestive vesicles (phagolysosomes) containing digestive enzymes proteinase, which in turn digest the thyroglobulin molecules in order to release T3 and T4 at the base of the follicular cells on their way to the capillaries (blood circulation). Like thyroid follicular cells, the neoplastic and nonneoplastic calcitonin secreting C-cells also take part in synthesis, storage, and secretory activities. Although secretory products of these cells including those of the neuroendocrine system has been demonstrated with the aid of cytochemistry and immunocytochemistry, the morphological manifestations of active secretory activity have hardly been highlighted. During the recent years, through a series of articles on fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology, an attempt has been made on our part to demonstrate these secretory activities as well as some morphological changes leading to cell death in FNA smears of nonneoplastic and neoplastic thyroid lesions.[3],[4],[5],[6],[7],[8],[9]

   Synthesis and Storage of Thyroglobulin Top

The storage of thyroglobulin as part of colloid in the central lumen of thyroid follicles is evident in both nonneoplastic and neoplastic lesions of the thyroid. However, the morphological evidence supporting thyroglobulin synthesis in follicular cells is not adequately described. Begin and Allaire [10] described ultrastructural features of abortive/rudimentary follicular lumina with abundant periluminal dense bodies, and with varying amount of microvilli and colloid intracellularly in insular carcinoma of thyroid, which was positively immune-stained for thyroglobulin as an inclusion/dot-like pattern, often in a paranuclear location. Subsequently, Yang and Khurana [11] reported intracytoplasmic lumen and transgressing vessels as helpful features that distinguishes neoplastic and nonneoplastic Hürthle cell lesions of thyroid. In a report by Das et al.[3] the existence of intracytoplasmic colloid inclusions (CIs) in follicular cells, especially the metaplastic Hürthle cells in Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT) that resembled magenta bodies (intracytoplasmic lumen with secretions in breast cancer cells), was described [Figure 1]. Based on review of the literature and their findings, the authors [3] suggested that the Hürthle cell metaplasia in HT may be a survival response of follicular cells and the presence of CIs in Hürthle cells may represent their limited ability to synthesize colloid and release it.
Figure 1: Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT) with colloid inclusions (CIs): (a) A group of follicular cells, metaplastic Hürthle cells and lymphocytes (MGG × 200). (b) Intracytoplasmic lumen (ICL) in two Hürthle cells (arrows) (MGG × 200). (c) One Hürthle cell with ICL filled with secretion (Pap × 400). (d) One Hürthle cell with multiple ICLs with secretions resembling targetoid bodies (MGG × 1000). (e) One Hürthle cell with ICL and secretions resembling magenta bodies and empty ICLs (MGG × 1000). (f) The Hürthle cells and the secretion in one ICL (arrow) are positive for thyroglobulin (Tg) (×400)

Click here to view

   Release of Thyroid Hormones Top

Resorption of colloid because of excessive pinocytosis at the apical end of follicular cells giving rise to scalloped appearance at the edges of colloid in the follicular lumen represents hyperactivity of thyroid, and is typically appreciated in H and E-stained paraffin sections of thyrotoxic state such as Graves' disease.[12] However, the pinocytic vesicles at the luminal side of follicular cells and the release of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) at the basal end on the way to circulation is not highlighted in histology. In cytologic preparations, the marginal vacuoles (MVs) giving rise to fire-flare appearance has been described as a distinctive feature of thyrotoxic goiter in hyperthyroidism and MVs have also been reported in nontoxic (colloid) goiter, Hashimoto thyroiditis, and neoplastic goiters including follicular neoplasm (FN), metastatic follicular carcinoma, and follicular variant of papillary carcinoma.[13] In earlier studies, MVs were described as markedly dilated cisterns of endoplasmic reticulum playing a central role in the formation of protein in the follicular cells,[14] colloid suds, a manifestation of active pinocytosis of thyroglobulin,[15] or peripheral cytoplasmic vacuoles containing colloid.[16] In a cytomorphological study of thyroid lesions, Das [4] demonstrated the scalloping of colloid, the presence of pinocytic vesicles at the apical end of follicular cells and MVs giving rise to fire-flare appearance at the basal aspect of follicular cells [Figure 2]; the author [4] made the following conclusion: if the scalloped appearance in histology represents hyperactivity because of excessive pinocytosis of colloid at the luminal side of follicular cells, MVs in MGG stained cytologic preparations are likely to represent the events at the opposite end, that is, the process of diffusing out of the thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) at the basal aspect of follicular cells on their way to interfollicular capillaries.
Figure 2: Follicular lesion: (a) cells arranged as follicular formation (MGG x 100). (b) Groups of cells, mostly with a follicular pattern (Pap x 400). (c) Marginal vacuoles (MVs) in a group of follicular cells (MGG × 1000). (d) One of the follicles shows pinocytosis of colloid in luminal end (arrow) and MVs at the opposite end (MGG × 1000). (e) Empty pinocytic vesicles at the luminal end of a follicle (arrow) and MVs at the opposite end (MGG × 1000). (f) The negative images of pinocytic vesicles (thin arrow) and MVs (thick arrow) in a follicle (Pap × 1000)

Click here to view

   Secretion of Calcitonin Top

Secretory activity related to hormones is not limited to thyroid follicular cells but has also been described in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), a tumor of C-cell origin. The FNA cytologic features of MTC was initially described by Söderström et al.,[17] which included plasmacytoid or triangular-shaped asymmetrical tumor cells, with one or more eccentric nuclei, spindle-shaped cells, cytoplasmic granules, and amyloid. Five years later the Indian experience on FNA cytologic features of MTC was published, based on six histologically confirmed cases.[18] As per literature review by Das et al.,[5] more than a dozen reports were published on FNA cytodiagnosis of MTC in the following two decades (between 1984 and 2003). Although amyloid was identified in FNA smears in 44–83.8% cases,[19],[20],[21] there was limited information on other cytologic features that may represent secretory activity such as intracytoplasmic lumen [22] and red cytoplasmic granules.[17],[21],[23],[24] In the study by Das et al.,[5] the secretory activity in nine samples from eight patients with MTC was highlighted through illustrations, which included fine cytoplasmic vacuoles (in eight cases), azurophilic granules (eight cases), MVs (five cases), and intracytoplasmic lumina (ICL) with secretions (six cases); material, likely to be amyloid based on morphological features, was present both intracellularly and extracellularly in six samples, and in the remaining three it was present in extracellular location only. All the nine samples were positive for calcitonin (the background amyloid in six cases, the coarse cytoplasmic granules in two, and the content of ICL in one) by immunocytochemical (ICC) studies. Staining for cytoplasmic chromogranin yielded positive reaction in all the three cases in which it was attempted. The intracytoplasmic secretory material appeared to be diffusing out of the tumor cells in MGG-stained smears and smears stained for calcitonin [Figure 3].

Figure 3: Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC): metastatic (a-d) and primary (e-h). (a) Plasmacytoid tumor cells and a clump of secretory material (Pap × 400). (b) Intracytoplasmic lumen and secretion (MGG × 400). (c) Intracytoplasmic secretory material, diffusing out of the cell (MGG × 1000). (d) The tumor cells are calcitonin+ (×1000). (e) Spindle to plasmacytoid tumor cells (MGG × 400). (f) Secretory material diffusing out of the cell (MGG × 1000). (g) Tumor cells and background secretory material are calcitonin+ (×400). (g) Tumor cell with intranuclear inclusion is calcitonin+ (×1000)

Click here to view

   Papillary Thyroid Cancer and its Variants Top

Thyroid cancer is one of the 15 most common cancers in the world,[25] and papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is overwhelmingly the most frequent thyroid cancer.[26],[27] As per the “Synopsis of the National Cancer Institute Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration State of the Science Conference” on “Diagnostic Terminology and Morphologic Criteria for Cytodiagnosis of Thyroid Lesions,”[28] the cytologic criteria for PTC included five major diagnostic criteria (i.e. enlarged, oval “and irregular” nucleus, eccentric and often multiple micronucleoli, fine and pale chromatin, longitudinal nuclear grooves and intranuclearpseudo-inclusions, and eight minor diagnostic criteria (i.e., papillary cytoarchitecture, syncytial monolayers, dense squamoid cytoplasm, “bubble gum” colloid, psammoma bodies (PBs), multinucleated giant cells, histiocytoid cells, and cellular swirls); while enlisting these criteria reference was made to nine publications.[7],[29],[30],[31],[32],[33],[34],[35],[36]

Papillary thyroid cancer has a number of variants besides the conventional or usual variant (UV), which includes follicular variant (FV), tall cell variant (TCV), columnar cell variant (CCV), diffuse sclerosing variant, oncocytic papillary neoplasm (oxyphilic variant), solid papillary carcinoma, papillary carcinoma with nodular fascitis-like stroma, and papillary carcinoma with mucoepidermoid component. Das et al.[30] studied the cytologic features of variants of PTC in FNA smears, which included 17 cases of PTC-UV, 17 PTC-FV, 6 PTC-TCV with ≥30% tall cells, 8 PTC cases with a significant tall cell component (sig. TCC) with 10–29% tall cells, and six miscellaneous variants. According to these authors,[30] a decreasing trend was observed with respect to count (mean) of tall cells, cells with reddish cytoplasm, and intranuclear cytoplasmic inclusions (INCIs) from PTC (TCV) to PTC (FV) through PTC (sig. TCC) and PTC (UV); a similar trend was observed for nuclear grooves from PTC (sig. TCC) to PTC (FV) through PTC (UV). The morphological forms INCIs in FNA smears of PTC and its variants, their mode of formation and association with nuclear grooves have been studied in great detail and the formation of INCI as a cytoplasmic invagination into the nucleus was demonstrated cytomorphologically in rare cells.[34],[35]

   Nuclear Irregularity in Papillary Thyroid Cancer and its Significance Top

Ultrastructurally, lobulated nuclei in PTC were characterized by multiple indentations that divided the nucleus into several lobules.[37] Combining cytochemical and immunocytochemical parameters to ultrastucture for the study of multilobated ground-glass nuclei in PTC, Escheverria et al.[38] suggested that in PTC cells, changes in distribution of chromatin and ribonucleoprotein, either alone or in conjunction with scarce laminin and perinuclear vimentin and desmin filamentous rings, may be responsible the characteristic ground glass and multilobated nuclei. RET rearrangement (15–33%), BRAF mutation (40–53%), and RAS mutation (0–7%) have been reported in PTC cases.[39],[40],[41],[42] PTC is diagnosed mostly on the basis of dispersal of heterochromatin and prominent nuclear envelope (NE); follicular neoplasm (FN), on the other hand, shows round nuclei and heterochromatin aggregates that are often coarser than normal thyroid epithelial cells. Fischer et al.[43] reported that the irregularity in nuclear shape could derive from either an abnormal postmitotic NE re-assembly or dynamic disturbance of the NE during interphase. In this study by Fischer et al.,[43] RET/PTC1 microinjection induced NE irregularity in 27% of PTC cells at 6 h and 37% of cells in 18–24 h; RAS microinjection on the other hand did not increase the NE irregularity; according to these authors,[43] RAS, which is commonly activated in FNs induces coarsening of chromatin in cells with maintenance of a spherical nuclear shape.

Bell et al.[44] observed that dark cerebriform nucleus, a nucleus with marked convoluted outline and nuclear hyperchromasia was metabolically inactive (negative for PCNA, Ki67, bcl2, caspase 3, S100, CEA, and synaptophysin) but the cell was positive for thyroglobulin; these dark cerebriform nuclei, considered to be derivatives of grooved nuclei with severe infolding of nuclear membrane, were present in 100% usual PTC and 92% of FVPTC. Mallik et al.,[6] studied the frequency of dark cerebriform nuclei in FNA smears of PTC cases along with the pale cerebriform nuclei, which are also derivatives of grooved nuclei but represent a less severe degree of infolding and degenerative changes, and concluded that dark and pale cerebriform nuclei, when used in conjunction with other well-known morphological criteria, could improve the accuracy of diagnosis of PTC, especially PTC-FV. As cerebriform nuclei are indicator of an inactive cell and are related to nuclear grooves, presence of grooved nuclei may indicate the beginning of a degenerative process leading to an inactive state by the time the nucleus assumes a dark cerebriform shape [Figure 4].
Figure 4: Papillary thyroid carcinoma-tall cell variant (PTC-TCV): (a) tall follicular cell with intranuclear cytoplasmic inclusions (INCIs) in two cells (MGG × 400). (b) MVs (fire-flare appearance) and INCI in one tumor cells (MGG × 1000). (c) Tumor cells with frequent INCI, and pale and dark cerebriform nuclei (Pap × 400). (d) Frequent nuclear grooves in tumor cells (Pap × 1000). (e) Frequent nuclear lobulations in tumor cells (Pap × 1000). (f) Tumor cells nuclei have a cerebriform appearance (Pap × 1000)

Click here to view

   Formation of Psammoma Body in Papillary Thyroid Cancer and its Contribution Top

PBs are one of the most important diagnostic criteria of PTC in both histology and FNA smears.[45] As regards their mode of formation, following hypotheses have been proposed: (1) progressive infarction of the papillae and ensuing calcification leads to lamellation characteristic of PBs in PTC.[46] (2) PB results from hyalinization and calcification of meningocytic whorls and fibrous septae;[47] the ultrastucture study by Tsuchida et al.[47] revealed round bodies with concentric laminations like a transverse cut onion made of collagen in the extracellular space of meningothelial whorls and the source of collagen was found to be meningothelial cells through cell processes, (3) PBs are formed intracellularly in serous adenocarcinoma of ovary, resulting in cell death and the liberation of small PBs.[48] Ultrastructural study of PTC has also shown that thickening of the base lamina in vascular stalk of neoplastic papillae followed by thrombosis, calcification, and tumor cell necrosis leads to formation of PBs.[49] Studies on serous cystadenocarcinoma of ovary and meningioma, however, revealed that collagen production by neoplastic cells and subsequent calcification was responsible for formation of PBs;[50],[51] mineralization of membrane bound vesicles, liberated from tumor cells, was found to play a key role in the process. During 1990s, the existence of some precursor forms of PBs was reported in meningioma [47] and more recently in PTC.[8] In a report by Das et al.,[7] it was suggested that large hyaline globules (LHGs), small hyaline globules (SHGs), and branching hyaline cylinders (BHCs) [Figure 5]a and [Figure 5]b were possible precursors of PB and irregular hyaline deposits (IHDs) were precursor of irregular calcification.
Figure 5: A and B: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC): adenoidcystic. (a) Large hyaline globules imparting an adenoidcystic pattern (MGG × 400). (b) Small hyaline globules (thin arrows) and a hyaline cylinder (thick arrow) (MGG × 400). (c-h) PTC with precursor substance for calcification: (c) Numerous magenta-colored globular intracytoplasmic bodies (MGG × 1000). (d) The globules coming out of tumor cells (MGG × 1000). (e) Frequent dark cerebriform nuclei and intracytoplasmic globules (Pap × 1000). Positive reaction for galectin 3. (f) (×400), CD44 (g) (×1000), and thyroglobulin (h) (x 1000), but the globular precursor substance (arrows) shows negative reaction

Click here to view

PBs are believed to represent a process of dystrophic calcification over nonviable and dying tissues. Contrary to general belief, Das et al.,[8] for the first time, demonstrated through cytomorphology the intracytoplasmic formation of targetoid bodies as precursor substance for calcification and their release from well-preserved cells in PTC [Figure 5]c,[Figure 5]d,[Figure 5]e,[Figure 5]f,[Figure 5]g,[Figure 5]h. These intracytoplasmic magenta-colored targetoid bodies (in MGG stain), on their release from the neoplastic cells formed pools of matrix material, some of which showed evidence of calcification. The cytologic findings were confirmed by histopathology of the tumor in the thyroidectomy specimen. Das,[9] also demonstrated formation of PBs over its precursor form, and it was also shown that there was cellular degeneration and necrosis, leading to disappearance of neoplastic cells around PBs [Figure 6]. It was suggested that rather than being the outcome of dystrophic calcification of dead or dying tissue, PBs may indeed represent an active biologic process involving production of collagen and membrane bound vesicles in alternate layers by the neoplastic cells and subsequent calcification of the layers containing these vesicles, leading to formation of a barrier against spread of neoplasm and/or inhibition of its growth due to death of neoplastic cells.[9]
Figure 6: PTC-TCV: (a) tall tumor cells with deep eosinophilic cytoplasm (MGG × 1000). (b) Occasional tumor cells have cerebriform nuclei (arrow) or INCI (Pap × 1000). (c) Psammoma bodies (PBs) surrounded by tumor cells (MGG × 400). (d) PBs surrounded by tumor cells (Pap × 400). (e) Free PBs (thin arrows) and precursor mesenchymal material (thick arrow) adjacent to tumor cells (MGG × 400). (f) PBs are either free or surrounded by a few degenerated tumor cells (Pap × 400)

Click here to view

PTC is a malignancy with excellent prognosis with 20-year-survival ranging from 82.0% to 88.7%.[52],[53],[54] It is diagnosed mostly in the third and fifth decades and is often indolent and slow growing, but behaves aggressively in the older individuals.[46] Tall cell variant of PTC (PTC-TCV), which is the most common among the aggressive variants and the most aggressive among all variants, tends to occur among elderly patients.[55],[56] Das,[57] observed that the combined age of PTC (TCV) and PTC (sig. TCC) cases was significantly higher than PTC (UV) cases (P = 0.038) as well as PTC (FV) cases (P = 0.005) and the age of patients with PTC in general showed a significant correlation with tall cell count (P< 0.01). The author [57] reached a conclusion that patients' age in PTC seems to play a role in the morphological manifestations of the neoplasm, which is related to the prognostic outcome. Whereas evidence of thyroid hormone release in the form of fire-flare appearance is most pronounced in FVPTC, grooved nuclei and INCI count are minimal indicating a vibrant state of this variant. Grooved nuclei and INCI are most frequent in PTC-UV and the PBs are most frequent in PTC-sig TCC. This observation supports the concept that all PTC cases possibly start as a neoplasm with follicular pattern such as PTC-FV, and PTC-TCV found in advanced age and associated with grave prognosis, represents ultimate emergence of a new clone that can evade most of the protective mechanisms against survival and spread of neoplastic cells.

As PBs and their precursors are found in a limited number of PTC cases, the degeneration and death of tumor cells may be ascribed to other mechanisms including that leading to formation of pale and dark ceribriform nuclei and subsequent apoptosis. It is observed that formation of precursor of PBs such as hyaline globules in the extracellular space and at the center of a group of neoplastic cells, giving rise to an adenoid cystic pattern in extreme case, can cause cell death only when calcification occurs. On the other hand intracellular formation of precursor substance of calcification, which may takes the shape of small round targetoid bodies, on their release may flow like lava and when they surround a blood vessel, there may be degeneration and death of neoplastic cells even before calcification occurs.

Financial support and sponsorship


Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

   References Top

Guyton RC. The thyroid metabolic hormones. In: Human physiology and mechanisms of disease. 5th ed. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders; 1992. pp 563-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
Capen CC. Anatomy: Comparative anatomy and physiology. In: Braverman LE, Utiger RD, editors. Werner and Ingbar's the thyroid: A fundamental and clinical text. 7th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1996. pp 19-38.  Back to cited text no. 2
Das DK, Pathan SK, Francis IM, Sheikh ZA, Al-Juwaiser A, Shaheen A, et al. Cytoplasmic colloid inclusions in thyroid lesions: A cytomorphological study based on fine needle aspiration. Cytopathology 2005;16:233-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Das DK. Marginal vacuoles (fire-flare appearance) in fine needle aspiration smears of thyroid lesions: Does it represent diffusing out of thyroid hormones at the base of follicular cells? Diagn Cytopathol 2006;34:277-83.  Back to cited text no. 4
Das DK, Mallik MK, George SS, Sheikh ZA, Pathan SK, Haji BE, et al. Secretory Activity in medullary thyroid carcinoma: A cytomorphological and immunocytochemical study. Diagn Cytopathol 2007;35:329-37.  Back to cited text no. 5
Mallik MK, Das DK, Mallik AA, Madda JP, Mirza K, Al-Bishi KK, et al. Dark and pale cerebriform nuclei in FNA smears of usual papillary thyroid carcinoma and its variants. Diagn Cytopathol 2004;30:187-92.  Back to cited text no. 6
Das DK, Mallik MK, Haji BE, Ahmed MS, Al-Shama'a M, Al-Ayadhy B, et al. Psammoma body and its precursors in papillary thyroid carcinoma: A study by fine-needle aspiration cytology. Diagn Cytopathol 2004;31:380-6.  Back to cited text no. 7
Das DK, Sheikh ZA, George SS, Al-Baquer T, Francis IM. Papillary thyroid carcinoma: Evidence of intracytoplasmic formation of precursor substance for classification and its release from well preserved neoplastic cells. Diagn Cytopathol 2008;36:809-12.  Back to cited text no. 8
Das DK. Psammoma body: A product of dystrophic calcification or of a biologically active process that aims at limiting the growth and spread of tumor? Diagn Cytopathol 2009;37:534-41.  Back to cited text no. 9
Begin LR, Allaire GS. Insular (poorly differentiated) carcinoma of the thyroid: An ultrastructural and immunocytochemical study of two cases. J Submicrosc Cytol Pathol 1996;28:121-31.  Back to cited text no. 10
Yang YJ, Khurana KK. Diagnostic utility of intracytoplasmic lumen and transgressing vessels in evaluation of Hürthe cell lesions by fine needle aspiration. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2001;125:1031-5.  Back to cited text no. 11
Maitra A. The endocrine system. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, editors. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. South Asian Edition. Elsevier; 2015. p. 1073-139.  Back to cited text no. 12
Das DK, Jain S, Tripathi RP, Parkash S, Khan IU, Rajwanshi A, et al. Marginal vacuoles in thyroid aspirates. Acta Cytol 1998;42:1121-8.  Back to cited text no. 13
Nilsson G. Marginal vacuoles in fine-needle aspiration biopsy smears of toxic goiters. Acta Pathol Microbiol Scand 1972;80:289-93.  Back to cited text no. 14
Buley ID. The thyroid gland. In: Gray W, editor. Diagnostic Cytopathology. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 1995. pp 557-82.  Back to cited text no. 15
Ramzy I. Clinical cytopathology and aspiration biopsy. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2001.pp367.  Back to cited text no. 16
Söderström N, Telenius-Berg M, Akerman M. Diagnosis of medullary carcinoma of the thyroid by fine needle aspiration biopsy. Acta Med Scand 1975;197:71-6.  Back to cited text no. 17
Das DK, Gupta SK. Diagnosis of medullary carcinoma of thyroid. Role of fine needle aspiration biopsy. Bull PGI 1980;14:86-9.  Back to cited text no. 18
Bose S, Kapila K, Verma K. A cytological, immune-cytochemical, and ultrastructural study. Diagn Cytopathol 1992;8:28-32.  Back to cited text no. 19
Green I, Ali SZ, Allen EA, Zakowski MF. A spectrum of cytopathologic variations in medullary thyroid carcinoma. Fine needle aspiration findings in 19 cases. Cancer 1997;81:40-4.  Back to cited text no. 20
Forrest CH, Frost FA, de Boer WB, Spagnolo DV, Whitaker D, Sterrett GF. Medullary carcinoma of the thyroid: Accuracy of diagnosis by fine needle aspiration cytology. Cancer Cytopathol 1998;84:295-302.  Back to cited text no. 21
Kinjo M, Yohena C, Kunishima N. Intracytoplasmic lumina in medullary carcinoma of the thyroid gland. Report of a case with cytologic and immunocytochemical features. Acta Cytol 2003;47:663-7.  Back to cited text no. 22
Kumar PV, Hodjati H, Monabati A, Talei A. Medullary thyroid carcinoma. Rare cytologic findings. Acta Cytol 2000;44:181-4.  Back to cited text no. 23
Paparaskeva K, Nagel H, Droese M. Cytologic diagnosis of medullary carcinoma of the thyroid gland. Diagn Cytopathol 2000;22:351-8.  Back to cited text no. 24
Parkin DM, Bray F, Ferlay J, Pisani P. Global Cancer Statistics, 2002. CA Cancer J Clin 2005;55:74-108.  Back to cited text no. 25
Lloyd RV, Buehler D, Khanafshar E. Papillary thyroid carcinoma variants. Head Neck Pathol 2011;5:51-6.  Back to cited text no. 26
Prescott JD, Zeiger MA. The RET oncogene in papillary thyroid carcinoma. Cancer 2015;121:2137-46.  Back to cited text no. 27
Baloch ZW, LiVolsi VA, Asa SL, Rosai J, Merino MJ, Randolph G, et al. Diagnostic Terminology and Morphologic Criteria for Cytodiagnosis of Thyroid Lesions: A Synopsis of the National Cancer Institute Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration State of the Science Conference. Diagn Cytopathol 2008;36:425-37.  Back to cited text no. 28
Yang GC, Liebeskind D, Messina AV. Diagnostic accuracy of follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma in fine-needle aspirates processed by ultrafast Papanicolaou stain: Histologic follow up of 125 cases. Cancer 2006;108:174-9.  Back to cited text no. 29
Das DK. Mallik MK, Sharma P, Sheikh ZA, Mathew PA, Sheikh M, et al. Papillary thyroid carcinoma and its variants in fine needle aspiration smears: A cytomorphologic study with special reference to tall cell variant. Acta Cytol 2004;48:325-36.  Back to cited text no. 30
Baloch ZW, LiVolsi VA. Cytologic and architectural mimics of papillary thyroid carcinoma. Diagnostic challenges in fine-needle aspiration and surgical pathology specimens. Am J Clin Pathol 2006;125(Suppl):S135-44.  Back to cited text no. 31
Albores-Saavedra J, Wu J. The many faces and mimics of papillary thyroid carcinoma. Endocr Pathol 2006;17:1-18.  Back to cited text no. 32
Oertel YC, Oertel JE. Diagnosis of malignant epithelial thyroid lesions: Fine needle aspiration and histopathologic correlation. Ann Diagn Pathol 1998;2:377-400.  Back to cited text no. 33
Das DK. Intranuclear cytoplasmic inclusions in fine-needle aspiration smears of papillary thyroid carcinoma: A study of its morphological forms, association with nuclear grooves, and mode of formation. Diagn Cytopathol 2005;32:264-8.  Back to cited text no. 34
Das DK, Sharma PN. Intranuclear cytoplasmic inclusions and nuclear grooves in fine needle aspiration smears of papillary thyroid carcinoma and its variants: Advantages of the count under an oil-immersion objective over a high-power objective. Anal Quant Cytol Histol 2005;27:83-94.  Back to cited text no. 35
Renshaw AA. “Histiocytoid” cells in fine-needle aspirations of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid: Frequency and significance of an under-recognized cytologic pattern. Cancer 2002;96:240-3.  Back to cited text no. 36
Akhtar M, Ali MA, Haq M, Bakry M. Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of papillary thyroid carcinoma: Cytologic, histologic, and ultrastructural correlations. Diagn Cytopathol 1991;7:373-9.  Back to cited text no. 37
Echeverria OM, Hernández-Pando R, Vázquez-Nin GH. Ultrastructural, cytochemical, and immunocytochemical study of nuclei and cytoskeleton of thyroid papillary carcinoma cells. Ultrastruct Pathol 1998;22:185-97.  Back to cited text no. 38
Fukushima T, Suzuki S, Mashiko M, Ohtake T, Endo Y, Takebayashi Y, et al. BRAF mutations in papillary carcinomas of the thyroid. Oncogene 2003;22:6455-7.  Back to cited text no. 39
Soares P, Trovisco V, Rocha AS, Lima J, Castro P, Preto A, et al. BRAF mutations and RET/PTC rearrangements are alternative events in the etiopathogenesis of PTC. Oncogene 2003;22:4578-80.  Back to cited text no. 40
Puxeddu E, Moretti S, Elisei R, Romei C, Pascucci R, Martinelli M, et al. BRAF (V599E) mutation is the leading genetic event in adult sporadic papillary thyroid carcinomas. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2004;89:2414-20.  Back to cited text no. 41
Frattini M, Ferrario C, Bressan P, Balestra D, De Cecco L, Mondellini P, Bongarzone I, et al. Alternative mutations of BRAF, RET and NTRK1 are associated with similar but distinct gene expression patterns in papillary thyroid cancer. Oncogene 2004;23:7436-40.  Back to cited text no. 42
Fischer AH, Taysavang P, Jhiang SM. Nuclear envelope irregularity is induced by RET/PTC during interphase. Am J Pathol 2003;163:1091-100.  Back to cited text no. 43
Bell CD, Coire C, Treger T, Volpe R, Baumal R, Fornaiser VL. The “dark nucleus” and disruption of follicular architecture: Possible new histological aids for the diagnosis of the follicular variant of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. Histopathology 2001;39:33-42.  Back to cited text no. 44
Kini SR, Miller JM, Hamburger JI, Smith MJ. Cytopathology of the papillary carcinoma of the thyroid by fine needle aspiration. Acta Cytol 1980;24:511-21.  Back to cited text no. 45
LiVolsi VA. Surgical Pathology of the Thyroid. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co; 1990. pp 143-4, 158-63.  Back to cited text no. 46
TsuchidaT, Matsumoto M, Shirayama Y, Kasai H, Kawamoto K. Observation on psammoma bodies in cultured meningiomas: Analysis of three dimensional structures using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Ultrastruct Pathol 1996;20:241-7.  Back to cited text no. 47
Kozlovskii OM, Iagubov AS, Kiparisov LN, Verbenko AA. Mechanism of formation of psammoma bodies in serous adenocarcinoma of the ovary. Arkh Patol 1978;40:25-32.  Back to cited text no. 48
Johannesen JV, Sobrinho-Simoes M. The origin and significance of thyroid psammoma bodies. Lab Invest 1980;43:287-96.  Back to cited text no. 49
Kubota T, Sato K, Yamamoto S, Hirano A. Ultrastructural study of the formation of formation of psammoma bodies in fibroblastic meningioma. J Neurosurg 1984;60:512-7.  Back to cited text no. 50
Ferenzy A, Talens M, Zoghby M, Hussain SS. Ultrastructural studies on the morphogenesis of psammoma bodies in ovarian serorus neoplasia. Cancer 1977;39:2451-9.  Back to cited text no. 51
Pelizo MR, Toniato A, Grigoletto R. Surgical treatment of papillary thyroid carcinoma: Uni- and multivariate analysis of prognostic factors (TNM staging system included). J Exp Clin Cancer Res 1997;16:261-5.  Back to cited text no. 52
Zidan J, Karen D, Stein M, Rosenblatt E, Basher W, Kuten A. Pure versus follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma: Clinical features, prognostic factors, treatment, and survival. Cancer 2003;97:1181-5.  Back to cited text no. 53
Gyory F, Balazs G, Nagy EV, Juhasz F, Mezosi E, Szakall S, et al. Differentiated thyroid cancer and outcome in iodine deficiency. Eur J Surg Oncol 2004;30:325-31.  Back to cited text no. 54
Hawk WA, Hazard JB. The many appearances of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. Cleve Clin Q 1976;43:207-16.  Back to cited text no. 55
Bocklage T, DiTamasso JP, Ramzy I, Ostrowski ML. Tall cell variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma: Cytologic features and differential diagnostic considerations. Diagn Cytopathol 1997;17:25-9.  Back to cited text no. 56
Das DK. Age of patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma: Is it a key factor in the development of variants? Gerontology 2005;51:149-54.  Back to cited text no. 57

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Dilip K Das
Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, and Cytology Unit, Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JOC.JOC_43_18

Rights and Permissions


  [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4], [Figure 5], [Figure 6]


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

    Synthesis and St...
    Release of Thyro...
    Secretion of Cal...
    Papillary Thyroi...
    Nuclear Irregula...
    Formation of Psa...
    Article Figures

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded225    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal