Breast metastases to bones of the extremities: simultaneous involvement of all four limbs

Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 1992 Jan;4(1):58-9. doi: 10.1016/s0936-6555(05)80780-0.


Metastases to bones of the hands and feet are unusual, and simultaneous metastases to the bones of more than one extremity in a given patient is an extremely rare occurrence with only five previous case reports. In each of these cases the bones of two extremities were affected. A case is presented where the bones of both hands and both feet exhibited bone metastases. A second case with foot bone metastases is recorded. In both cases the primary tumour was a breast carcinoma. Theories of causation of such metastases are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arm*
  • Bone Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Carcinoma / secondary*
  • Female
  • Foot
  • Hand
  • Humans
  • Leg*
  • Middle Aged