The International Journal of Romanian Society of Endocrinology / Registered in 1938

in ISI Thomson Master Journal List

October - December 2017, Volume 13, Issue 4
Actualities in medicine

Baetu M, Dobrescu R

Novel Markers for Early Diagnosis and Prognostic Classification in Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma

Acta Endo (Buc) 2017, 13 (4): 519-522
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2017.519

Medullary thyroid carcinoma is a neuroendocrine tumour of the parafollicular C cells of the thyroid gland. It is an aggressive tumor that can be cured only by complete resection of the thyroid tumour and any local and regional metastases. Thus, the discovery of novel diagnostic and prognostic markers is very important for early diagnosis and correct management, in order for the survival rates to rise. New research has emphasized the potential role of various genes, serum and immunohistochemical markers, as well as potential targets for therapeutic agents. The calcium stimulated calcitonin test has been recently reintroduced in clinical practice, and current medullary thyroid carcinoma guidelines encourage laboratories to set their own criteria defining reference ranges for elevated serum basal and stimulated calcitonin levels.

Keywords: medullary thyroid carcinoma, markers, calcitonin, calcium-stimulated test

Correspondence: Mara Baetu, MD, “C.I. Parhon” National Institute of Endocrinology and “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Dept. of Endocrinology, Blvd Aviatorilor34-36, 011683, Bucharest, Romania