Inflammatory metastatic carcinoma of the breast is an uncommon but well-known entity. Since it clinically can stimulate an inflammatory or infectious process, eg, erysipelas or cellulitis, it is frequently misdiagnosed.1
We report a rare case of carcinoma of the breast in which the initial-appearing sign for a short period was an inflammatory site of metastatic carcinoma on the left forearm.
Report of a Case
A 62-year-old woman was first seen in January 1979 at the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, with a four-month history of edema and pruritus in an inflammatory plaque of the left forearm. A month after onset, she noticed a small nodule on the left breast that grew rapidly and eventually ulcerated. Physical examination showed a well-nourished patient with normal vital signs. A 2 × 2-cm ulcer in the lateral upper quadrant of the left breast and a 2 × 2-mm
Tschen EH, Apisarnthanarax P. Inflammatory Metastatic Carcinoma of the Breast. Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(2):120-121. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650020062030