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December 1971

Skin and Subcutaneous Metastases From Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors

Author Affiliations

Galveston, Tex
From the Galveston (Tex) Surgical Group.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(6):767-769. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350120131027

Although patients with the carcinoid syndrome may have a variety of manifestations which involve the skin, gastrointestinal carcinoids rarely metastasize to the skin or subcutaneous tissue. The literature is reviewed regarding this occurrence, and an additional case is presented. Four of the six patients described had a primary tumor in the small intestine. This is not unexpected since this area has the highest rate of metastasis of carcinoid tumors.

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