Cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases

Dr Owen Kang and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases are uncommon, occurring in ~5% (range 0.7-10%) of internal malignancies. Sister Mary Joseph nodule is a well known cutaneous metastases.


These metastases can come from haematogenous or lymphatic spread, or may result from seeding from a surgical procedure. Underlying primary malignancies include 1,2:

Radiographic features

Cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases can present as multiple small, usually <2 cm, masses or as a larger infiltrative mass 1.

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Article information

rID: 48216
Section: Gamuts
Tags: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Cutaneous metastasis
  • Cutaneous metastases
  • Subcutaneous metastasis
  • Subcutaneous metastases

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