Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Metastases in the bones of the hands and feet are rate. The literature relating to these tumours has been reviewed, and 43 new cases are reported. In the comulative total of cases, metastases to the hand outnumber those to the foot 2:1 (196 cases as against 94). Bronchial carcinoma is the most common neoplasm metastasising to the hand. Subdiaphragmatic neoplasms such as gastrointestinal, vesical, renal and uterine malignancies, metastasise more frequently to the foot. A possible explanation for this latter finding is the retrograde spead of tumour emboli from the vertebral venous plexus down incompetent leg veins.
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