Open Access Maced J Med Sci 2019 Mar 14;7(5):791-793. Epub 2019 Mar 14.
Center for Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
Background: Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the hand is the most common soft-tissue malignancy in this particular region. A literature survey suggested a higher rate of metastases in advanced SCC of the hand compared to head-and-neck cutaneous SCC.
Case Report: An 84-year-old man presented with an ulcerated firm tumour on the dorsum of his right hand. A diagnostic biopsy confirmed the diagnosis SCC. Imaging suggested an involvement of the tendons of digits 3 and 4. A diagnostic ultrasound suggested a loco-regional axillary lymph node metastasis. After discussion in the interdisciplinary tumour board, amputation of the affected digits followed by lymph node excision was recommended.
Conclusions: Advanced SCC of the hand requires interdisciplinary management. Amputation is part of the surgical spectrum in advanced cases.