Glioblastoma multiforme and papillary thyroid carcinoma - A rare combination of multiple primary malignancies

Swaroopa Pulivarthi, Elizabeth Haglind, Carl T. McGary, Murali Krishna Gurram

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We are describing a 19-year-old white woman who presented with two synchronous primary cancers, namely glioblastoma multiforme and papillary thyroid cancer. The patient was admitted with dizziness, headache, and vomiting. CT head revealed acute intraparenchymal hematoma in the right cingulate gyrus and the splenium of the corpus callosum. Carotid and cerebral angiogram were unremarkable. MRI of the brain demonstrated a non-enhancing and non-hemorrhagic component of the lesion along the lateral margin of the hemorrhage just medial to the atrium of the right lateral ventricle that was suspicious for a tumor or metastasis. Brain biopsy confirmed it as glioblastoma mutiforme. CT chest was done to rule out primary cancer that revealed a 11 mm hypodense lesion in the left lobe of the thyroid and ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy confirmed it as papillary thyroid carcinoma. We should evaluate for multiple primary malignancies in young patients who are found to have primary index cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • multiple primary malignancies
  • papillary thyroid cancer


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