• Vol. 29 No. 6, 780–782
  • 15 November 2000

An Unusual Tumour Metastasis to the Cervix



Introduction: The vast majority of tumours in the cervix are either primary carcinomas or direct extension of primary tumours from nearby sites such as the endometrium, myometrium, rectum and bladder. Patients usually present with abnormal bleeding, pain and dyspareunia. A smaller number of patients are asymptomatic and their tumours can be diagnosed early by PAP smears.

Clinical Picture: We present an unusual case of an elderly lady with breast cancer that had metastasized to the cervix 4 years after primary treatment of the breast malignancy. Although the appearance of the cervix was “normal looking”, it was firm and indurated on palpation.

Pathology: A definite diagnosis of metastatic infiltration could only be made by colposcopic biopsy. Early PAP smears had shown some abnormal cells suggestive of metastatic lobular carcinoma but were not conclusive of metastasis from breast carcinoma. Subsequent bone scans and CT scans of the abdomen revealed metastatic lesions in the skull, spine, left femoral shaft and liver.

A 55-year-old Chinese lady had a left mastectomy in April 1995 for an invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast. Axillary lymph node metastases were present.

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