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Cutaneous Metastatic Carcinoma: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Values

Asuquo, Maurice E. MB, BS, FWACS; Umoh, Mark S. MB, BS, FWACS; Bassey, Ekpo E. BSc, MB, BCh

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: February 2010 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - pp 77-80
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000363504.92360.5f
Features: Original Investigations

OBJECTIVE: This study was to highlight the diagnostic and therapeutic values of cutaneous metastatic carcinoma.

METHODS: Presented are patients with histologic diagnosis of cutaneous metastatic carcinoma seen in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria from 2000 to 2006.

RESULTS: Six patients (2 men and 4 women) with cutaneous metastatic carcinoma whose ages ranged from 37 to 55 years presented during the study period and accounted for 6.5% of total cutaneous cancer and 0.6% of total malignancy.

CONCLUSION: Cutaneous metastatic carcinoma exhibited a pattern of clinical significance. Clinicians are urged to renew interest in cutaneous nodules, chronic discharging sinuses, and ulcers.

This investigation highlights the diagnostic and therapeutic values of cutaneous metastatic carcinoma.

Maurice E. Asuquo, MB, BS, FWACS, is a Consultant Surgeon, Department of Surgery; Mark S. Umoh, MB, BS, FWACS, is a Consultant Surgeon, Department of Surgery; and Ekpo E. Bassey, BSc, MB, BCh, is Registrar, Department of Pathology, all at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria.

Submitted October 7, 2008; accepted in revised form January 26, 2009.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.