Scalp metastasis from squamous cell carcinoma of lung

Respiratory Medicine
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2005.0008
5
19-21
Scalp metastasis from squamous cell carcinoma of lung

We report a case of a 53-year-old man with a solitary nodular growth on the scalp in the right temporal region, noted during his hospital admission for bilateral knee replacement. A chest X-ray revealed a large circumscribed opacity in the left lung field. Bronchoscopy revealed a tumour at the carina. Histology of biopsies from the bronchoscopy and the scalp lesion showed an identical moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma. The patient survived 2.5 months after the onset of symptoms. While skin metastasis is recognised but rare in primary lung cancer, metastasis to the scalp is particularly unusual.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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