Aggressive parotid gland and neck metastasis caused by cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the scalp: A Case Report.

  • Pamela Curiqueo Servicio de salud Araucanía Norte, Hospital de Purén, Purén-Chile.
  • Pablo Romero Escuela de Odontología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile.
  • Macarena Cea Servicio de Salud Valdivia, CESFAM Mariquina, Mariquina-Chile.


Introduction: The head and neck are frequent sites for the development of cutaneous cancer and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin (SCC), one of the more frequent malignant non-melanoma skin neoplasms in Chile (436 per 100,000 inhabitants). Between 5-10% skin SCC progresses aggressively generating metastasis to parotid and cervical lymph nodes. Case Report: A 82 years old male, presents painful increased volume lesion in the mandibular area. He has a history of chronic arterial hypertension, acute renal failure, SCC of the scalp, extra-pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic sun exposure and smoking. Extraoral examination showed a 4 cm lesion in the posterior third of the mandibular branch, with undefined edges, a firm consistency and painful on palpation. Intraorally, erythematous mucosa is observed, as well as lack of lubrication, tenderness and cortical bone expansion. Incisional biopsy is performed, imaging and histological exams are requested. The results indicate the presence of SCC, and therefore referral to secondary care. Many risk factors are associated with SCC development, with ultraviolet radiation the most relevant in this case, favoring its appearance on the scalp. The probability of metastasis is low, but when it happens, the majority of cases that started in the scalp, disseminate to the parotid and cervical region. Conclusion: The SCC has a good prognosis. However, there are antecedents, such as size and location, that must alert the professional to perform the monitoring, early screening, control of metastatic nodes in maxillofacial area.


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CURIQUEO, Pamela; ROMERO, Pablo; CEA, Macarena. Aggressive parotid gland and neck metastasis caused by cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the scalp: A Case Report.. Journal of Oral Research, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 2, p. 1-7, apr. 2021. ISSN 0719-2479. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2021. doi: