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May 1953


AMA Arch Surg. 1953;66(5):686-692. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260030705020

OSSEOUS metastases from carcinoma of the body of the uterus, in contradistinction to those which arise from carcinoma of the cervix, are extremely unusual. Geschickter and Copeland1 note that "among 86 cases of carcinoma of the uterus or cervix, 5 (5.6%) showed metastases to bone, two of these patients having the primary lesion in the cervix." Williams,2 in a series of 79 postmortem examinations, found metastases in 16 cases. Although he does not differentiate between fundal and cervical carcinoma, he mentions involvement of the tibiae and innominate bones among the more frequently observed metastatic deposits in the skin, pleurae, peritoneum, lungs, heart, liver, and kidney.

Where studies in corpus carcinoma alone are concerned, the incidence appears to be minimal. Hurdon3 notes that "metastases are frequent in the lungs and deposits have been found in the tibiae, vertebrae, head of the femur and other bones." On the other

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