Cutaneous metastasis: A rare herald of a silent cancer

Jonathan Hussain, Donevan Westerveld, Maryam Sattari

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A 59-year-old previously healthy man with a 50-packyear smoking history presented with rib pain 1 month after a mechanical fall. Physical examination revealed a 1.5 cm right cervical lymph node and a 0.9×0.9 cm scalp nodule. The patient had only noticed the scalp lesion a month prior to presentation. Chest X-ray revealed a 5.8×5.0 cm left infrahilar mass. CT angiography demonstrated extensive metastatic mediastinal and right hilar adenopathy as well as hepatic, right adrenal and brain lesions. Pathology from fine-needle aspiration of cervical lymph nodes and punch biopsy of the scalp lesion were consistent with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) metastasis. The patient underwent brain stereotactic radiosurgery and palliative radiation therapy. Unfortunately, he passed away 4 months after diagnosis. Malignancy (primary or secondary) should be considered by clinicians in the work up of patients with new skin lesions, particularly in those at high risk of cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number213734
JournalBMJ case reports
StatePublished - Jan 18 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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