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Isolated skin bridge metastasis following modified radical vulvectomy and bilateral inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy
  1. N. C. Gleeson,
  2. M. S. Hoffman and
  3. D. Cavanagh
  1. Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of South Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida, USA
  1. *Address for correspondence: Dr N. Gleeson, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Harbourside Medical Tower, Suite 529, 4 Columbia Drive, Tampa, FL 33606, USA.


Separate vulvar and groin incisions have significantly reduced the morbidity of vulvar cancer surgery. We describe a patient with FIGO stage II squamous vulvar cancer, who developed an ipsilateral tumor recurrence in the skin bridge between the vulva and the groin within 7 months of modified radical vulvectomy and bilateral inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy, using triple incisions. The recurrence was treated by wide local excision alone and she remains free of disease 2 years later. Although rare, the potential for failing to excise tumor emboli in the lymphatics of the skin bridge must be recognized when the triple incision technique is used in the surgical treatment of vulvar cancer.

  • skin bridge recurrence
  • triple incisions
  • vulvar cancer

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