Colonic metastasis from carcinoma of the breast that mimics a primary intestinal cancer

Yonsei Med J. 2006 Aug 31;47(4):578-82. doi: 10.3349/ymj.2006.47.4.578.


Although the lung, liver, or bones are the most common location for distant metastases in breast cancer patients, metastases to the intestinal tract are very rarely recognized in the clinic. We will present an unusual case of colonic metastasis from a carcinoma of the breast that mimics a primary intestinal cancer, along with a through review of English language medical literature. Despite the fact that isolated gastrointestinal (GI) metastases are very rare and much less common than benign disease processes or second primaries of the intestinal tract in patients with a history of breast cancer, metastatic disease should be given consideration whenever a patient experiences GI symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Carcinoma / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma / pathology*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods