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Case Report

Invasive duct carcinoma of the forearm: a rare case of distant, isolated ‘carcinoma en cuirasse’


Cutaneous metastasis (carcinoma en cuirasse) is a condition that results from a tumor spreading via lymphatic or vascular embolization, direct implant during surgery or skin involvement by contiguity. Contralateral distant cutaneous breast cancer has never been reported before and hence, the nature and management of such rare cases remains challenging. We aim to present a case of left-sided ‘distant’ cutaneous metastatic invasive duct carcinoma affecting the distal upper extremity (contralateral side) two and half years (disease-free) following treatment for right breast cancer (right mastectomy + chemoradiation). A complete metastatic work-up excluded the presence of any underlying disease. Clinical examination revealed a fungating, irregular ulcer that bled easily on touch involving the left forearm. The ulcer was excised totally and the raw area reconstructed using a split thickness graft. The patient had uneventful postoperative course and now remains disease-free for almost 1 year with no evidence of local recurrence.