Also termed"inflammatory carcinoma" due to its clinical similarity to the inflammation of cellulitis/erysipelas
Skin biopsies revealed recurrent breast carcinoma. Carcinoma Erysipelatoides (Inflammatory carcinoma) is an uncommon form of cutaneous metastasis that occurs in less than 2% of patients with breast cancer and results from direct extension of underlying tumor and subsequent dermal lymphatic spread and partial obstruction. It is also seen, less frequently, in other forms of metastatic carcinoma including, but not limited to endometrial or bronchogenic carcinoma.
Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD
Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Dermatology
University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical Director, Crutchfield Dermatology