Online Images in the Medical Sciences| Volume 364, ISSUE 1, e10, July 2022

Cutaneous metastasis of rectal cancer

Published:January 30, 2022DOI:
      An 86-year-old man with a smoking history presented with diarrhea lasting for 5 weeks followed by high-grade fever and anorexia. Physical examination revealed red, well-circumscribed, and painless nodules approximately 2 cm in diameter from his right flank to his right upper back (Figs. 1 and 2). Computed tomography showed masses in the rectum and liver. Colonoscopy showed the entire circumference of a type II tumor at 5 cm from the anal verge. Histological examination showed poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma (Fig. 3), which coincided with the biopsy of multiple cutaneous nodules, thereby establishing a diagnosis of cutaneous metastasis of rectal adenocarcinoma.
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