Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) metastasis can involve any organ. Head metastasis are rare, namely tongue, scalp and nose and only a few cases have been described. The authors describe three cases of unusual presentation of head metastasis of RCC. In case 1, a 50-year-old man with RCC underwent left nephrectomy, and presented 16 months later with nasal metastasis. In case 2, a 64-year-old woman with RCC operated 12 years ago, relapsed at multiple sites including scalp, which was treated surgically. In case 3, a 47-year-old man with RCC developed metastasis in multiple organs including a mass on the tongue that was operated and was compatible with primary tumour metastasis. These cases show the importance of correct diagnosis of rare presentations and local treatment of metastasis of RCC.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ case reports
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2013


  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nephrectomy
  • Nose Neoplasms
  • Skin Neoplasms
  • Tongue Neoplasms
  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article


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