Renal cell carcinoma metastatic to the scalp

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Because of the asymptomatic natural history of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), by the time a diagnosis is made, metastatic disease is present in about one third of the cases. Thus, the overall survival of patients with RCC remains poor. Ultimately up to 50% of patients with RCC will develop metastases. Metastatic lesions from RCC are usually observed in the lungs, liver or bone. Metastases to the brain or the skin from RCC are rare. Here we present a patient diagnosed with RCC, found to have no evidence of metastases at the time of nephrectomy, who presented two years later with metastases to the scalp. We review the literature of patients with this rare site of metastasis and outline the overall prognosis of this lesion compared to other site of metastases from RCC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6400
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalRare Tumors
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 20 2016


  • Carcinogenesis
  • Metastasis
  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Scalp
  • Skin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Histology
  • Oncology


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