Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 387–392 | Cite as

Metastatic tumours of bones of the hand and foot

A comparative review and report of 43 additional cases
  • Eugene Libson
  • Ronald A. Bloom
  • Janet E. Husband
  • Dennis J. Stoker


Metastases in the bones of the hands and feet are rate. The literature relating to these tumours has been reviewed, and 43 new cases are reported. In the comulative total of cases, metastases to the hand outnumber those to the foot 2:1 (196 cases as against 94). Bronchial carcinoma is the most common neoplasm metastasising to the hand. Subdiaphragmatic neoplasms such as gastrointestinal, vesical, renal and uterine malignancies, metastasise more frequently to the foot. A possible explanation for this latter finding is the retrograde spead of tumour emboli from the vertebral venous plexus down incompetent leg veins.

Key words

Hand Foot Carcinoma Metastasis Bone tumour 


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© International Skeletal Society 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene Libson
    • 3
  • Ronald A. Bloom
    • 3
  • Janet E. Husband
    • 1
  • Dennis J. Stoker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyRoyal Marsden HospitalSuttonU.K.
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyRoyal National Orthopaedic HospitalLondonU.K.
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyHadassah University HospitalJerusalemIsreal

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