Gastrointestinal (GI) metastasis from a primary breast carcinoma is uncommon, with the rectum being one of the least reported sites in the literature. We report a case of a 79-year-old woman who underwent treatment for an infiltrative lobular carcinoma of the right breast with nodal involvement, and 10 years later developed recurrence in the form of rectal metastasis. Spread to the GI tract is most commonly seen with lobular breast carcinomas. Any patient with a history of breast cancer presenting typically or atypically with abdominal symptoms or altered bowel habit should raise a high index of suspicion for recurrent or metastatic disease.
- breast cancer
- breast surgery
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Contributors NC wrote the manuscript. CC helped with literature review. NAQ conceived the idea and reviewed/updated the manuscript. MS approved the final manuscript.
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