Forequarter amputation for metastatic breast cancer

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking


Left pleuritic chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50-55 years
Gender: Female

Dual-lumen right jugular Hickman catheter in situ, tip in the right atrium. Evidence of right fore quarter amputation, left mastectomy and axillary clearance. The lungs and pleural spaces are clear. Left apical pleural thickening similar to the previous study. Heart size and mediastinal contours are normal.

Large destruction lesion in the proximal half of the humerus with associated soft tissue mass is again demonstrated with some periosteal new bone distally.

Histology of the amputated specimen was positive for metastatic breast cancer.

Case Discussion

Breast cancer (along with lung cancer) are the most common metastatic lesions to cause such a destructive long bone metastasis.

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Case information

rID: 34684
Published: 24th Mar 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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