Table of ContentsDefinition / General | Case Reports | Micro Description | Micro Images | Differential Diagnosis
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Definition / General
- Lithium directly damages thyroid follicular cells, which releases thyroglobulin, which may be hydrolyzed to thyroxine, causing hyperthyroidism
- 53 year old man with sudden cardiac arrest (Case of the Week #139)
- Small follicles with atrophy and minimal colloid; follicles contain desquamated follicular cells, macrophages and multinucleated giant cells; some giant cells contain birefringent calcium oxalate crystals (J Clin Pathol 1995;48:582)