Synchronous gastric and duodenal metastases from head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: a unique presentation of upper gastrointestinal bleeding

Authors Nicholas P. Tarangelo, C. Andrew Kistler, Zachary Daitch, Wei Jiang, Daniel M. Quirk.


Metastatic disease to the stomach or duodenum is an infrequent diagnosis, and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is one of the least common primary malignancies that lead to gastric or duodenal metastases. We report the case of a 65-year-old man with human immunodeficiency virus infection and previously diagnosed HNSCC who presented with melena. The patient had a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placed 3 months prior to his presentation. Laboratory testing was significant for normocytic anemia and a digital rectal examination was positive for melena. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed numerous cratered nodules with contact bleeding in the stomach as well as the duodenum that appeared malignant. Biopsies of the gastric and duodenal nodules were positive for p40 and CK 5/6, consistent with
metastatic squamous cell carcinoma.

Keywords Duodenum, gastrointestinal bleeding, human immunodeficiency virus, squamous cell carcinoma, stomach

Ann Gastroenterol 2018; 31 (3): 381-383

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