Lung metastases in a case of metatypical basal cell carcinoma of the eyelid: an illustrative case and literature review to heighten vigilance of its metastatic potential
Article first published online: 24 AUG 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume 36, Issue 5, pages 475–477, July 2008
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Cunneen, T. S., Yong, J. L. and Benger, R. (2008), Lung metastases in a case of metatypical basal cell carcinoma of the eyelid: an illustrative case and literature review to heighten vigilance of its metastatic potential. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, 36: 475–477. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2008.01806.x
- Issue published online: 24 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 24 AUG 2008
- Received 10 April 2008; accepted 10 June 2008.
- basal cell carcinoma;
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is an extremely common malignancy; however, unlike other skin cancers, they very rarely metastasize. Here we present an unusual case of metatypical BCC of the eyelid which metastasized to the lung nine years after initial surgical treatment. We include a review of the literature regarding metastatic BCC and suggest that metatypical features in primary BCC should prompt careful patient monitoring and consideration of adjuvant treatment at the time of diagnosis.