n SA Journal of Radiology - Sister Mary Joseph's nodule : pictorial interlude

Volume 10, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



Extracted from text ... PICTORIAL INTERLUDE 44 SA JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY ? September 2006 Cutaneous metastases localised to the umbilicus are named 'Sister Mary Joseph's nodules'. Sister Mary Joseph, who was the superintendent nurse and surgical assistant of Dr William Mayo at St. Mayo Hospital from 1856 to 1939, was the first to note the link between umbilical nodules and intra-abdominal malignancies. Metastases to the umbilicus are uncommon and represent only 10% of all secondary tumours which have spread to the skin. This umbilical nodule usually represents a poor prognosis.1 Umbilical neoplastic nodules may be due to a primary tumour in 38% of ..

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