The spectrum of gastrointestinal metastases of breast carcinoma: I. Stomach

Gastrointest Endosc. 1992 Mar-Apr;38(2):130-5. doi: 10.1016/s0016-5107(92)70377-0.


In a 15-year period at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, 27 patients were found with breast carcinoma metastatic to the stomach. Presenting symptoms were non-specific, mainly nausea, vomiting, dysphagia, epigastric pain, and melena. Endoscopy, performed in 22 of these patients, yielded a correct diagnosis in 13. Lobular rather than ductal breast carcinoma was the predominant source of gastric metastases in this series. Non-surgical treatment was rewarded by a favorable, palliative response in 32% of cases.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Carcinoma / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma / mortality
  • Carcinoma / secondary*
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Stomach Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Stomach Neoplasms / mortality
  • Stomach Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Treatment Outcome