Lobular breast carcinoma metastatic to the vulva: a case report and literature review

Gynecol Oncol. 1998 Apr;69(1):84-8. doi: 10.1006/gyno.1998.4977.


Background: Six previous reports have documented a vulvar metastasis from breast cancer; one has noted involvement of the Bartholin's gland.

Case: A 53-year-old woman presented with an enlarging vulvar mass. Evaluation also identified a breast lesion. Surgical excision confirmed an invasive lobular breast carcinoma with a distant metastatic focus on the vulva.

Conclusion: This is the first report in the English literature to document a vulvar metastasis from an invasive lobular carcinoma and the second to identify involvement of the Bartholin's gland. Careful gynecologic surveillance is needed in women with breast cancer.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bartholin's Glands / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Carcinoma, Lobular / secondary*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Vulva / pathology
  • Vulvar Neoplasms / secondary*