Metastatic tumors and simulators

Chapter 26

Metastatic tumors and simulators

It is important to distinguish cutaneous metastases from primary adnexal tumors of the skin. Adenocarcinoma metastatic to the skin is commonly of breast or lung origin. Focal areas of glandular differentiation may be highlighted with a mucicarmine stain. Metastases are most often situated in the mid to deep dermis. Epidermotropic metastases form intraepidermal nests.

Breast carcinoma

Breast carcinoma is the most common cause of cutaneous metastatic disease in women. In general, metastases are seen on the chest wall, sometimes as a result of direct extension of the tumor. Various clinical and histologic presentations are possible. Distinct subtypes are discussed below.

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