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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 399-401

Cutaneous metastasis as an initial presentation of an unknown primary


Department of Pathology, ESI PGIMSR, ESIC Medical College and ESIC Hospital and ODC (EZ), Joka, Kolkata West Bengal, India

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Aniruna Dey
Department of Pathology, ESI PGIMSR, ESIC Medical College and ESIC Hospital and ODC (EZ), Joka, Kolkata, West Bengal
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-0513.154808

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Cutaneous metastasis from underlying visceral malignancies is a rare phenomenon. Rarely, cutaneous metastasis can be the first manifestation of an underlying malignancy. Cutaneous metastases, in most patients, usually reveal a terminal stage of illness. Hence, in such cases, it is crucial to use a minimally invasive technique for either the diagnosis or exclusion of metastasis. Fine needle aspiration cytology can be used as an alternative to biopsies, as this is a minimally-invasive, relatively simple, rapid and inexpensive procedure. The site of primary may remain unknown in some cases, as was seen in our case.


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