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Merkel Cell Carcinoma

  • Iris K. Noh
  • Christopher K. BichakjianEmail author
Chapter

Abstract

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), also referred to as primary cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma , is a rare but potentially aggressive cutaneous malignancy. First described in 1972 as trabecular carcinoma, MCC is believed to arise from Merkel cells which function as mechanoreceptors in the skin (Tang and Toker, Cancer 42(5):2311–2321, 1978; Toker, Arch Dermatol 105(1):107–110, 1972).

Keywords

Merkel cell carcinoma Merkel cell polyomavirus Immunotherapy Radiation therapy Sentinel lymph node biopsy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyMichigan MedicineAnn ArborUSA

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