Skull metastasis from renal cell carcinoma. Case report and literature review

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1998 Jul;107(7):598-602. doi: 10.1177/000348949810700710.


Metastatic tumors to the head and neck are uncommon. We report a case of renal cell carcinoma that presented as an epidermal inclusion cyst on the forehead. The forehead is an exceedingly uncommon site for renal cell metastases. We review the biology of tumor metastases and explore the pathways by which infraclavicular tumors spread to the head and neck. We then discuss the clinical appearance and management of metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell / secondary*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / diagnostic imaging
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary / pathology
  • Skull Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed