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February 1981

Inflammatory Metastatic Carcinoma of the Breast

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(2):120-121. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650020062030

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

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