Cutaneous Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of the Colon to the Scalp

Georgios P. Fragulidis, Antonios Vezakis, Michael K. Derpapas, Vassiliki Michalaki, Athanassios Tsagkas, Andreas A. Polydorou


Cutaneous metastases from colorectal cancer are relatively uncommon presenting in fewer than 5% of patients but they are very important to recognize as they signify disseminated disease and poor prognosis. We describe a case a 62-year-old patient diagnosed with scalp metastasis during his systemic chemotherapy treatment for a colorectal carcinoma stage IVb who underwent excisional biopsy of the metastatic lesion. The identification of cutaneous metastases from colorectal cancer can radically alter therapeutic plans as they typically indicate a wide spread disease. Although they can be observed at any stage of malignancy, early recognition can lead to accurate and prompt diagnosis and timely treatment.

World J Oncol. 2015;6(1):304-307


Colorectal cancer; Scalp metastasis; Skin metastasis; Cutaneous metastasis

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