Cutaneous metastasis from undifferentiated neoplasm of unknown primary site - Importance of histopathology and favourable response to radiotherapy

M. Caccialanza, R. Gianotti, R. Piccinno, L. Gnecchi

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Abstract

A cutaneous metastatic location may sometimes represent the first sign of the presence of a primary neoplasm. Moreover, the differential diagnosis between a cutaneous primary neoplasm and a metastatic lesion of the skin may, at times, be difficult. The case of a man with a skin tumour of the scalp that relapsed after surgery is herein reported. The use of of histopathology and immunohistochemistry techniques has led to to the probable diagnosis of skin metastasis from an undifferentiated neoplasm. It was not possible to identify the primary location. Radiotherapy was performed successfully, in spite of the presence of a neoplastic cell population theoretically not very radiosensitive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalSkin Cancer
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Cutaneous metastases
  • Histopathology
  • Radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Oncology

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