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Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003 Feb;32(1):97-100.

Metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma of the maxillary sinus: a rare autopsy case without lung metastasis and a review.

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Department of Pathology, Nihon University School of Dentistry at Matsudo, Chiba, Japan.


A rare case of metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) of the maxillary sinus in a 67-year-old man is reported along with the findings at autopsy. A fine needle aspiration biopsy specimen revealed a characteristic tumour structure resembling primary HCC. At autopsy, metastatic lesions were recognized in the bilateral adrenals, spleen, sternum, vertebrae and lymph node at the lesser curvature of the stomach, but not in the lung, suggesting that the HCC had metastasized to the maxillary sinus via the plexus venous vertebralis and/or the azygos vein, or lymph duct. In our reviewed 29 cases of metastatic HCC in the oro-maxillofacial region, most patients were men in the 50- to 70-year age range. At least 11 cases did not have lung metastasis, and in 18, metastasis to the oro-maxillofacial region was the first sign of HCC. One should be aware of the possibility to encounter the oral lesion as first sign of metastatic HCC.

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