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Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 166–170 | Cite as

Skin metastasis from conventional giant cell tumor of bone: conceptual significance

  • W. Tyler
  • T. Barrett
  • F. Frassica
  • E. McCarthy
Case Report

Abstract

A conventional giant cell tumor of the proximal femur recurred twice locally and developed pulmonary nodules. The lung lesions were felt to be an example of "benign" metastases. Eight months after the initial presentation, the patient developed a single skin nodule on the contralateral leg. Histologic features of the skin nodule showed conventional giant cell tumor identical to the bone lesion. This nodule is a manifestation of arterial metastasis typical of any malignant tumor and seemingly contradicts the concept of "benign " metastasis.

Femur Conventional giant cell tumor Skin metastasis Arterial metastasis Radiographs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Tyler
    • 1
  • T. Barrett
    • 2
  • F. Frassica
    • 3
  • E. McCarthy
    • 4
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MarylandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MarylandUSA
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MarylandUSA
  4. 4.Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MarylandUSA

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