Case 12: Skin of Back, R/O Cancer vs. Dermatitis, vs. Tinea

  • Dong-Lin XieEmail author
  • Tam H. Nguyen
  • Robert A. Norman
Part of the Clinical Cases in Dermatology book series (CLIDADE)


An 88-year-old female with a history of left breast cancer presented with a rash on the back and abdomen for several months. She was initially diagnosed with breast cancer 22 years ago and was treated with a mastectomy and endocrine adjuvant therapy. The rash was not painful, or pruritic, however, it did not seem to get better since its onset several months ago.


Breast cancer Widespread rash Cutaneous metastasis Estrogen receptor Progesterone receptor Metastatic breast cancer Metastatic adenocarcinoma 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dong-Lin Xie
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tam H. Nguyen
    • 2
  • Robert A. Norman
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Ruffolo, Hooper & Associates, M.D, P.A.TampaUSA
  2. 2.DO, PGY-1 Larkin Community HospitalMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyNova Southeastern UniversityTampaUSA
  4. 4.Center for Geriatric Dermatology and Neuro-DermatologyTampaUSA

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