Differentiated thyroid cancer is associated with less aggressive disease and better outcome in patients with coexisting hashimotos thyroiditis

Shelleg Dvorkin, Eyal Robenshtok, Dania Hirsch, Yulia Strenov, Ilan Shimon, Carlos A. Benbassat*

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Background: Evaluation of surgical specimens suggests that patients with Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT) have a higher prevalence of differentiated thyroid cancer. Although patients with HT are reported to present with earlier stage disease, there is controversy as to whether these patients have better prognosis when adjusted for histology and stage at presentation. Objectives: To investigate differences between patients with differentiated thyroid cancer patients and without HT for aggressiveness of disease and clinical outcome, and the decline rate of antithyroglobulin antibodies titers over time. Methods: A retrospective study using the Rabin Medical Center Thyroid Cancer Registry. Seven hundred fifty-three patients were included and divided into 2 groups of patients with and without HT at diagnosis. Disease severity at presentation was evaluated using the entire cohort, whereas a control group matched for age, gender, histology, and stage was used to evaluate disease course and outcome. Results: HT was present in 14.2% (n = 107) of included patients and was associated with smaller primary tumor (17.9 vs 21.2 mm, P = .01) and less lymph node involvement (23% vs 34%, P = .02) at presentation. When matched groups were compared, patients with HT received less additional radioactive iodine (RAI) treatments (1.24 vs 1.45, P = .03) and showed lower rates of persistence at 1 year (13% vs 26%, P = .04) and higher rates of disease remission at the end of follow-up (90% vs 79%, P = .05). On multivariate analysis HT was predictive of a lower rate of lymph nodes involvement (odds ratio 0.34, 95% confidence interval 0.17-0.66) and persistent disease at the end of follow-up (odds ratio 0.48, 95% confidence interval 0.24-0.93). Antithyroglobulin antibodies slowly disappeared in most patients with no evidence of disease. Conclusion: Our study demonstrates that HT is associated with a less aggressive form of differentiated thyroid cancer and a better long-term outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2409-2414
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


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