Arch Craniofac Surg.  2019 Dec;20(6):401-404. 10.7181/acfs.2019.00542.

A case of Merkel cell carcinoma of the head and neck

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. mdshin7@naver.com

Abstract

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a relatively rare and aggressive cutaneous neuroendocrine malignancy. It is characterized by high rates of recurrence and metastasis, both to regional lymph nodes and to distant locations. Its characteristic clinical manifestation is a single, painless, hard, erythematous nodule on a sun-exposed area, particularly in older men. Surgical management of both the primary site and the sentinel lymph node is the standard of care. In this article, we describe the diagnosis and treatment of a case of MCC in the left cheek.

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Carcinoma; Merkel cells; Skin neoplasm
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