Dr. Amir Bajoghli and medical assistant Helen Kemprecos of Skin and Laser Dermatology Center, along with their co-authors, Dr. Michael A. Cardis, Alexandra Piselli, Dr. Hamed Khosravi, and Dr. Macrus Noel, recently published a rare case of gastric carcinoma in the premier and esteemed journal of Cancer Treatment and Research Communications.
In this case-study, a patient presented with cyst-like nodules on his face, trunk, and upper arms. While first appearing benign, results from a skin biopsy revealed the nodules were the result of a stomach cancer (gastric carcinoma) that had metastasized to the skin. It is extremely rare for the first sign of a stomach cancer to be on the skin and usually indicates an advanced disease. By catching the cancer, this patient was able to begin receiving important chemotherapy drugs to manage his cancer. This case-study serves as an important reminder that very rare incidences of disease should still be considered during diagnosis.
Dr. Bajoghli has been active in the field of dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery, and cosmetic services for over twenty years. He regularly presents lectures to other physicians regionally and internationally, and teaches medical students and dermatology residents at Georgetown University School of Medicine.