An unusual cause of a common presentation: a case of metastatic basal cell carcinoma

Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2020 Oct;58(8):1046-1048. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2020.04.037. Epub 2020 May 12.


Metastasis of basal cell carcinoma is exceedingly rare and usually not considered in the differential diagnosis of neck lumps. We present a case highlighting the importance of a thorough history and consideration of metastatic basal cell carcinoma in patients with a basaloid metastasis and an unknown primary.

Keywords: Basal cell carcinoma; basaloid; head and neck; metastasis; parotid.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Parotid Neoplasms*
  • Skin Neoplasms*