Conjunctival Metastasis as an Initial Sign of Small Cell Lung Cancer

Sahin A., YILDIRIM N., Sahin D. G., Basmak H., Acikalin M. F.

CASE REPORTS IN MEDICINE, 2014 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1155/2014/614353
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction. To report a case of a conjunctival metastasis as the initial manifestation of small cell lung cancer. Methods. Observational case report. Results. A 50-year-old man without known systemic disease developed a conjunctival mass in his right eye. He underwent incisional biopsy of the tumor and systemic evaluation. Histopathologically, the conjunctival mass was a metastatic small cell carcinoma. Further evaluation revealed a primary small cell lung carcinoma with metastasis to liver and bones. The primary and metastatic tumors were treated with chemotherapy. Conclusion. Conjunctival metastasis may be the initial manifestation of lung cancer. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a deep conjunctival mass.