Charalampidis C, Lampaki S, Zarogoulidis P, Lazaridis G, Mpaka S, Kosmidis C, Tsakiridis K, Kioumis I, Pavlidis P, Karapantzos I, Karapantzou C, Hohenforst-Schmidt W, Zarogoulidis K.
Ovarian cancer is known to be the first cause of death of gynecological malignancy in Europe and United States. Skin metastases consist of an unusual event during the course of ovarian carcinoma and occur in 2-3.5% of the patients. We report two interested cases of patient with skin metastases, due to ovarian carcinoma, diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration (FNA). The clinical information, cytologic findings and immunocytochemical profile are described and further discussed, according to the relevant bibliographic data. The combination of FNA and thin layer cytology contribute to the accurate clarification of metastatic tumors with a known or unknown origin. It known that skin metastasis tend occurs in most ovarian carcinomas at a late stage course of the disease and it is usually associated with poor prognosis, in some cases the survival can be prolonged with appropriate therapy. So, an accurate cyto-immunodiagnosis is crucial for the best management of these patients.
Ovarian cancer; fine-needle aspiration (FNA); skin metastasis
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