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Case Report

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Masquerading As Cellulitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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Univ Hosp, Dept Internal Med, Staten Isl, NY, USA
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Staten Isl Univ Hosp, Dept Hematol & Oncol, Staten Isl, NY, USA
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Staten Isl Univ Hosp, Dept Pathol, Staten Isl, NY, USA
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Curr. Oncol. 2018, 25(1), 106-112; https://doi.org/10.3747/co.25.3836
Received: 3 November 2017 / Revised: 14 December 2017 / Accepted: 6 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an uncommon malignancy of the skin arising from cells located in the deeper layers of the epidermis called Merkel cells. This malignancy rarely presents as a metastatic disease, and the field is therefore deficient in regards to management. We report the case of a 49-year-old woman who presented with a presumptive diagnosis of osteomyelitis of the left fifth digit that was resistant to treatment with antibiotics; she underwent debridement of the digit that revealed mcc and was later to have metastatic disease to her lungs, liver, and musculoskeletal system. The management of mcc, although simple in the early stage of the disease, can become challenging when it is more advanced. Multiple new modalities for its treatment have emerged over the last few years, and more recently, clinical trials are being conducted for the use of immunotherapy agents in the treatment of this malignancy.
Keywords: merkel cell carcinoma; merkel cell polyoma virus; skin neoplasm; metastatic merkel cell carcinoma; merkel cell polyoma virus; skin neoplasm; metastatic
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Safa, F.; Pant, M.; Weerasinghe, C.; Felix, R.; Terjanian, T. Merkel Cell Carcinoma Masquerading As Cellulitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Curr. Oncol. 2018, 25, 106-112. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.25.3836

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Safa F, Pant M, Weerasinghe C, Felix R, Terjanian T. Merkel Cell Carcinoma Masquerading As Cellulitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Current Oncology. 2018; 25(1):106-112. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.25.3836

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Safa, F., M. Pant, C. Weerasinghe, R. Felix, and T. Terjanian. 2018. "Merkel Cell Carcinoma Masquerading As Cellulitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature" Current Oncology 25, no. 1: 106-112. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.25.3836

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