malignant oral neoplasms, metastatic diseases


Metastatic diseases comprise 1-3% of malignant oral neoplasms with nearly one-third of patients being unaware of having a primary cancer1-4,9. This retrospective analysis identified all oral lesions diagnosed as metastatic disease in the CDM Department of Oral Pathology’s oral biopsy database from 2015-2020 and reported on patient demographics, clinical presentation and diagnosis, origin of the primary, and whether the patient had known history of the disease. From 17,500 total cases, 7 cases were identified as metastatic disease and described in detail. Clinicians’ recognition and awareness of these lesions’ often evasive, ambiguous oral presentations may help facilitate diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.