Medullary thyroid carcinoma metastatic to skin

Catherine Nashed, Sujit Vijay Sakpal, Sergey Cherneykin, Ronald Scott Chamberlain

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Cutaneous metastases are a rarity, even more so when they arise from a medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) which accounts for only 8% of all thyroid cancers. MTC arises from C-cells that produce calcitonin, and it most commonly metastasizes to lymph nodes in the neck. Distant metastases of MTC may involve bone, lung and liver. We report a case of a 56-year-old man, who presented with an ulcerated, nodular lesion on his scalp that proved to be a metastasis from his MTC diagnosed 2 years earlier. Cutaneous metastases from MTC generally signify widespread disease and carry a poor prognosis. A case discussion and relevant review of the literature is provided. Nashed C, Sakpal SV, Cherneykin S, Chamberlain RS. Medullary thyroid carcinoma metastatic to skin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1237-1240
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cutaneous Pathology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Dermatology


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