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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-31

Sternal metastasis from a rectal cancer


Department of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Arvind Krishnamurthy
Department of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), 38, Sardar Patel Road, Chennai - 600 036, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/fjs.fjs_73_17

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Colorectal cancers commonly metastasize to the liver and the lung; it is distinctly unusual for these cancers to metastasize to the skeletal system. The typical locations of skeletal metastases from colorectal cancer are the vertebrae and pelvis. Sternal metastasis from a rectal cancer primary is exceedingly rare, and to the best of our knowledge, there are only two prior case reports in literature. The presence of distant metastases usually portends a poor prognosis, however with continuous improvements in multimodality management, the survival rates of metastatic colorectal cancers has considerably improved. We present an interesting case of a 71-year-old man who underwent a complete metastatectomy for a metachronous sternal metastasis from a locally advanced rectal cancer and discuss its clinical presentation and management implications with a brief review of literature.


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