Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 285, Issue 4, pp 1153–1156

Submental lymph node metastasis from invasive ductal breast carcinoma

Gynecologic Oncology

DOI: 10.1007/s00404-011-2018-3

Cite this article as:
Al-Benna, S. & Tzakas, E. Arch Gynecol Obstet (2012) 285: 1153. doi:10.1007/s00404-011-2018-3


This case report presents a 52-year-old woman with a submental swelling which arose 3 years after wide local excision and axillary lymphadenectomy for breast carcinoma. Histopathological examination after excision biopsy of this lesion confirmed the presence of invasive breast carcinoma in a submental lymph node. Computed tomography of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis demonstrated multiple brain and pulmonary metastases. Further management was palliative and the patient died 5 months later. This is the first description of a breast carcinoma metastasising to the submental region. Metastatic breast carcinoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of head and neck lymphadenopathy in patients with previously diagnosed breast carcinoma.


Breast carcinoma Metastasis Submental swelling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic SurgerySt. Bartholomew’s HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyMitera HospitalAthensGreece

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