Gastric Metastasis of Merkel Cell Carcinoma

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Case description

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an uncommon and highly malignant skin tumor of neuroendocrine origin that exhibits rapid growth, early distant metastasis, and poor prognosis. About 80% are attributed to Merkel cell polyomavirus and the remainder to UV exposure. The most common metastatic sites are are lymph nodes, liver, lungs, and central nervous system; gastric metastasis is rare. This procedure video illustrates laparoscopic resection of a Merkel cell carcinoma that metastasized to the stomach of a woman in her 70s with an asymptomatic mass of the gastric fundus that was shown to be metabolically active by PET scan. For full case details go to http://ja.ma/1jZllYI.

Additional Information:
Patient Information: Merkel Cell Carcinoma
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2739072

Why Merkel Cell Cancer Is Garnering More Attention
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2685260

tags: stomach matastasis carcinoma Merkel cell carcinoma laparoscopy


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