Colon adenocarcinoma metastasis to soft tissue of the wrist with heterotopic bone formation: a case study

General Surgery; Orthopaedics; Pathology; Radiology
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2014.0005
14
16-20
Colon adenocarcinoma metastasis to soft tissue of the wrist with heterotopic bone formation: a case study

It is uncommon in clinical practice to discover cancer as either a metastasis within soft tissue or containing heterotopic bone formation. These rarities are documented primarily through case reports in the literature. This report describes a patient with colon cancer whose painful wrist lesion was proven to exhibit both of these unusual features. It is important to recognize soft tissue metastases, as these are managed differently than a carcinosarcoma, for instance. In addition, although heterotopic bone formation does not alter the prognosis or management of colon cancer, it can prove a valuable starting point for understanding carcinogenesis.

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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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