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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Solitary skin metastasis from sarcomatoid carcinoma of the bladder: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Antonio Manzelli, Silvia Quaresima, Piero Rossi, Athanasios Petrou, Edoardo Ricciardi, Nicholas Brennan, Michael Kontos, Giuseppe Petrella
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-484) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

AM, SQ, PR, ER, MK and GP were the surgical and pathological team involved in the case. AP and NB wrote and edited the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Cutaneous metastases from carcinomas of the bladder are very rare. They are related to advanced stages of the disease and have poor prognosis with low survival rates. The common treatment modality of cutaneous metastases from a primary bladder cancer is wide local excision followed by chemotherapy.

Case presentation

We report a case of solitary skin metastasis from a rare type of urinary bladder carcinoma in a 68 year-old Caucasian man. Urinary bladder carcinoma metastasizing to the skin is an uncommon finding despite the high incidence of this tumor. Skin metastasis generally presents in the late stages of this disease and indicates a poor outcome.


Because of the extremely aggressive malignant potential of sarcomatoid carcinomas, the indications for a transurethral resection of the bladder should be carefully assessed and suitable therapeutic strategies should be examined further.

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