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BMC Cancer. 2012; 12: 479.
Published online Oct 17, 2012. doi:  10.1186/1471-2407-12-479
PMCID: PMC3495020
First case of isolated vaginal metastasis from breast cancer treated by surgery
Filippo Bellati,corresponding author1 Innocenza Palaia,1 Maria Luisa Gasparri,1 Angela Musella,1 and Pierluigi Benedetti Panici1
1Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Viale Regina Elena 324, 00161, Rome, Italy
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Filippo Bellati: filippo.bellati/at/uniroma1.it; Innocenza Palaia: innocenza.palaia/at/gmail.com; Maria Luisa Gasparri: marialuisa.gasparri/at/uniroma1.it; Angela Musella: angela.musella/at/gmail.com; Pierluigi Benedetti Panici: pierluigi.benedettipanici/at/uniroma1.it
Received March 1, 2012; Accepted September 23, 2012.
Abstract
Background
Breast cancer is a leading cause of death in developed countries. This neoplasm frequently relapses at distant sites such as bone, lung, pleura, brain and liver but rarely in the lower female genital tract.
Case presentation
We present the first case of isolated vaginal breast cancer metastasis and its surgical treatment.
Conclusion
This case report focuses on the importance of an accurate genital tract examination as part of regular follow up in breast cancer survivors. Indeed, after this experience we feel that surgery could be considered a valid option for the treatment of an isolated vaginal metastasis.
Keywords: Breast cancer, Radical surgery, Vaginal metastasis
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