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Patellar metastasis from a squamous carcinoma of the lung: a case report.

  • Author(s): Sun, EC
  • Nelson, SD
  • Seeger, LL
  • Lane, JM
  • Eckardt, JJ
  • et al.

Bone is a common site of metastasis from lung cancer. Metastasis to the patella, however, is rare. A 76-year-old man presented with knee pain caused by an isolated patellar metastasis from squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. Treatment was delayed secondary to delay in diagnosis. In cases of bone pain that are unexplained or out of proportion to a traumatic event, more extensive diagnostic studies should be done.

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