Ann Surg Case Rep | Volume 6, Issue 3 | Case Report | Open Access

Visceral Malignancies Presenting as Cutaneous Deposits – A Cytopathologist’s Stance

Madhumita M1*, Ananya G1, Subhamoy S1, Chhanda D1, Binata B1, Malabika B1 and Bidisha GN2

1Department of Pathology, IPGME&R Hospital, India
2Department of Radiotherapy, R. G. KAR Medical College, India

*Correspondance to: Madhumita Mukhopadhyay 

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Introduction: Cutaneous metastases can occur in a wide variety of internal malignancies and may be the first indication of an underlying malignancy or recurrence in a patient with a known primary and in rare instances can arise from a second primary. Aim: This study is designed to analyze cases of cutaneous metastasis from a known or unknown primary and evaluate usefulness of Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) as a diagnostic modality. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective study conducted in a tertiary care hospital. We studied the cases according to their age, sex, the clinical presentations, site, the treatment provided and the cytopathological findings. Results: This study comprises of eight cases of cutaneous metastatic deposits from various primary visceral malignancies at different sites-scalp, anterior abdominal wall, chest with varied presentations. The patients have undergone treatment and were referred to surgery and radiotherapy department for further management. Conclusion: Cutaneous metastasis is a manifestation of the disease due to either hematogenous or lymphatic spread. This study also reiterates that fine needle aspiration biopsy is a very helpful and cost-effective modality in determining the nature of such lesions. So, the study of their clinical profile and cytopathological findings paves way for early diagnosis of primary lesion or recurrence and better management.


Cutaneous; Cytology; FNAC; Metastasis; Underlying malignancy


Madhumita M, Ananya G, Subhamoy S, Chhanda D, Binata B, Malabika B, et al. Visceral Malignancies Presenting as Cutaneous Deposits – A Cytopathologist’s Stance. Ann Surg Case Rep. 2023; 6(3): 1077..

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