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April 1983

Cutaneous Metastases to the Scalp From Carcinoma of the Uterine Cervix

Author Affiliations

Otsu, Japan

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(4):275-276. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650280003001

To the Editor.—  Cutaneous metastases to the scalp from uterine carcinoma are rare. A review of the literature in English discloses four such cases,1-3 all of which originated from endometrial carcinoma. In this article, a case of scalp metastases from cervical carcinoma is described.

Report of a Case.—  The condition of a 59-year-old woman was diagnosed as stage IIIB carcinoma of the cervix in April 1981. A cervical biopsy had demonstrated squamous cell carcinoma. Examination of the patient for metastases was negative. She was treated with external and transvaginal radiation therapy. In October 1981, two subcutaneous nodules developed on the occipital and the right temporal portions of the scalp. The nodules were pink and tender and measured 1 cm in diameter (Fig 1). Histopathologic findings of these nodules were consistent with a diagnosis of poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma and compatible with their origin from the primary tumor arising

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