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Distant Metastases to the Hallux in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Daniel K. Lee Foot and Ankle Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, 350 Dickinson St, MC 8894, San Diego, CA 92103. (E-mail: dklee@ucsd.edu)

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Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare tumor originating from the epithelium of the nasopharynx. Distant metastases involve the lungs, skeleton, liver, and occasionally the choroid. I present the case of a 33-year-old man with stage-IV nasopharyngeal carcinoma and an unusual distant metastasis to the hallux, which has not previously been described in the literature. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 98(3): 239–241, 2008)