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Honors Program Student Research Symposium (April, 2018)

Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Department of Pathology, Anatomy & Cell Biology

Stephen Peiper, MD, Chair

Program Coordinators: Casey Callahan, BS & Bruce Fenderson, PhD

Funding provided by the "Intersociety Council for Pathology Information"


Recent reclassification of a subset of non-invasive encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (EFVPTC) tumors as non-invasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP) has led to important changes in the clinical management of patients with these indolent lesions. Although there are established diagnostic criteria to differentiate NIFTP from EFVPTC, our objective was to determine further differences in histological characteristics between NIFTP and noninvasive EFVPTC. Additionally, we sought to identify histological differences between non-invasive and invasive EFVPTC lesions beyond the key finding of invasion. 68 encapsulated follicular lesions with papillary-like nuclear features from patients treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital were subcategorized into NIFTP, non-invasive EFVPTC, and invasive EFVPTC based on current diagnostic criteria. Histological characteristics such as capsule thickness, lesion size, fibrosis, and presence of established exclusionary criteria for NIFTP were recorded. Capsule thickness was significantly smaller in NIFTP (p