The role of interferon β1b (IFNβ1b), used for multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy, in cancer occurrence is uncertain. There is evidence supporting the role of human herpesvirus 4 [EpsteinBarr virus (EBV)] in thyroid cancer and MS. Simultaneous occurrence of papillary
and medullary carcinomas is rare, and its association with MS in a young woman raises questions. A 46yearold female patient was diagnosed with relapsingremitting multiple sclerosis in 2008. In 2018, cervical MRI detected a thyroid nodule with right cervical adenopathy. Her thyroid
function was normal, but increased calcitonin levels were found (70.53 pg/ml; normal value: <9.82 pg/ml). EBV serology tested positive. Paraclinical studies ruled out multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome. Whole thyroid resection with whole cervical lymph node dissection was performed.
To our knowledge, this is the first case that describes an association between MS and thyroid collision tumors. Histological examination ascertained both papillary and medullary thyroid cancer. After surgery, the calcitonin level normalized, and the patient received a therapeutic dose of iodine131.
IFNβ1b therapy was discontinued. The coexistence of thyroid cancers in MS patients could be explained by immunemediated inflammation. Although EBV is not the only agent responsible for the development of MS or thyroid cancers, it could be considered a contributory factor in our case.
Further research on EBV involvement in the occurrence of simultaneous immune pathologies in various organs is needed to confirm these data.
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Department of Endocrinology, ‘C.I. Parhon’ National Institute of Endocrinology, 011863 Bucharest, Romania
Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, ‘Titu Maiorescu’ University, 031593 Bucharest, Romania
Department of Pathology, ‘Carol Davila’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 050474 Bucharest, Romania
Department of Neurology, ‘Witting’ Clinical Hospital, 010243 Bucharest, Romania
October 1, 2020
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