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Distant cutaneous metastasis from oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma

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June 4, 2012
by Mridula Shukla, DipNB; Vinay Kumar, MS; Manoj Pandey, MS


Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common malignant neoplasm of the upper aerodigestive tract. The disease is characterized by frequent lymphatic spread; however, blood-borne distant metastasis is rare. Isolated cutaneous metastasis is even rarer. We present two cases of oropharyngeal carcinoma that presented with cutaneous metastasis in the absence of disease recurrence. Both patients were treated with wide excision of the metastatic nodule and were disease-free at the 1.5-year follow-up. This article highlights the importance of cutaneous metastasectomy.

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