Metastatic Tumours to the Oral Cavity: Report of Three Cases
Metastatic tumors of the oral cavity are rare, representing about 1% of oral tumors. Seventy percent of all tumors metastatic to the oral and maxillofacial region are adenocarcinomas, most commonly originating from the breast, kidney and lung. Carcinoma of stomach is generally described as one of the "captains of men of death". Usual sites of metastasis from gastric adenocarcinoma are direct invasion of adjacent organs, peritoneal dissemination, lymphatic metastasis and hematogenous spread. A primary carcinoma of the stomach may rarely metastasize to the oral cavity, it is important to bear this possibility in mind because such conditions may mimic a benign disease. This article describes a case of metastasis of gastric adenocarcinoma to the maxilla in a 50-year-old male.