Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2012; 16 (4): 562-564

An unusual subcutaneous breast cancer metastasis in a 86-year-old woman

A. MetereĀ°*, C. Di Cosimo*, C. Chiesa*, A. Esposito*, L. Giacomelli*, A. Redler*

°Department of Cell Biology and Neurosciences, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome (Italy)

*Department of Surgical Sciences, “Sapienza” University of Rome (Italy)


The most common metastasis site of breast cancer are the local and distant lymph nodes, bone, lungs, liver and brain. We report a 86-year-old woman with an unusual abdominal subcutaneous metastasis of breast cancer. The patient was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer and had been treated six months earlier with modified radical mastectomy. Later she presented a painless mass on the middle upper abdominal wall. She was subsequently admitted to the hospital to perform a whole body CT scan, confirming the presence of the abdominal mass in epigastric region, causing a partial compression of the stomach. Histopathological studies confirmed that the abdominal mass was a rare subcutaneous metastatic lesion of breast origin. The patient underwent a surgical intervention to remove the metastasis and she recovered fully.

Corresponding Author: Alessio Metere, MD; e-mail: alessio.metere@iss.it

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A. MetereĀ°*, C. Di Cosimo*, C. Chiesa*, A. Esposito*, L. Giacomelli*, A. Redler*
An unusual subcutaneous breast cancer metastasis in a 86-year-old woman

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2012
Vol. 16 - N. 4
Pages: 562-564