Cutaneous metastasis from carcinoma of the tongue


Sze Shien SEE 1, 2, Kin Choo PUA 1, Mohamad Yunus MOHD RAZIF 2

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Penang General Hospital, Malaysia and 2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia




Carcinoma of the tongue accounts for 35% of squamous cell carcinomas of the oral cavity. Metastases to regional lymph nodes are common and subclinical nodal metastases may be found in up to 30% of T1 and T2 oral tongue carcinoma. For distant metastases, it normally metastasises to the lung, bones and liver. We report a case of a 34-year-old lady who initially presented with a T2N1MO carcinoma of the tongue that was treated by surgery and chemotherapy. After 1.5 years, she developed multiple metastatic skin lesions.


Keywords: Tongue, carcinoma, cutaneous metastasis, head and neck cancer


Correspondence: Kin Choo PUA, Department of Otorhinolaryngology– Head & Neck Surgery, Penang General Hospital, Penang, Malaysia

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Brunei Int Med J. 2013; 9 (2): 134-136