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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 7284070, 3 pages
Case Report

Atypical Chest Pain: An Unusual Presentation of Spinal Metastasis due to Penile Carcinoma

1Trauma and Orthopaedics Department, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Hamstel Road, Harlow CM20 1QX, UK
2Neurosurgery Department, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, London E11BB, UK
3Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK

Received 24 March 2016; Accepted 12 June 2016

Academic Editor: Jochen Tüttenberg

Copyright © 2016 Sarah Pywell et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Spinal metastases may present in a myriad of ways, most commonly back pain with or without neurology. We report an unusual presentation of isolated atypical chest pain preceding metastatic cord compression, secondary to penile carcinoma. Spinal metastasis from penile carcinoma is rare with few cases reported. This unusual presentation highlights the need for a heightened level of clinical suspicion for spinal metastases as a possible cause for chest pain in any patients with a history of carcinoma. The case is discussed with reference to the literature.