Metastases to the skin complicated by enterocutaneous fistula are a rare event in gynecological malignancies. We present the case of a 70-year-old woman with uterine cervix carcinoma metastatic to the skin and treated with surgery and radiotherapy. The last relapse to the skin was complicated by the formation of an enterocutaneous fistula. This low-output fistula was treated with surgery and adequate supportive care. The treatment of enterocutaneous fistulas may be either invasive (surgical resection, surgical repair with corrective procedures or with myocutaneous flaps, colonic and/or urinary diversion, endoscopic treatments with metallic stents) or conservative (skin care and local disinfection, pouching of secretions, control of nutrition and electrolytes, TPN, antisecretory treatment with scopolamine or octreotide, and control of psychological conditions). Enterocutaneous fistulas associated with skin metastases are not commonly reported in the literature and may be successfully treated with surgery and supportive care in patients with good performance status and no evidence of further metastatic disease.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research