Case Report

Updates in Surgery

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 223-226

Chest wall metastasis from oesophageal adenocarcinoma: a rare presentation

  • Petrut GogalniceanuAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • , Omar A. JarralAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • , Sanjay PurkayasthaAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • , Rajesh AggarwalAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • , Emmanouil ZacharakisAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St. Mary’s Hospital Email author 

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Abstract

Body wall secondary deposits from visceral cancers represent a relatively rare form of metastasis. Oesophageal cancer is associated with poor survival outcomes, requiring careful staging and multidisciplinary therapeutic planning. The presence of skin and subcutaneous metastases in this patient group is rare and usually associated with squamous cell carcinomas. We present a case of subcutaneous metastasis from an oesophageal adenocarcinoma, discuss its impact on management and highlight the need for careful physical assessment in clinical practice in order to detect occult secondary deposits.

Keywords

Oesophageal cancer Adenocarcinoma Subcutaneous metastasis Skin metastasis