Sentinel lymph node dissection for merkel cell carcinoma

Sentinel lymph node dissection for merkel cell carcinoma Merkel cell carcinoma is an aggressive neuroendocrine skin tumor whose treatment modality is still controversial. It resembles malignant melanoma in its cutaneous presentation, unpredictable biologic behavior, early regional lymph node involvement, early distant metastases, and high recurrence rate. Regarding these common features, we used sentinel node biopsy (a well-described technique for the treatment of malignant melanoma) in a 50-year-old man with Merkel cell carcinoma of the left arm. Only one sentinel lymph node was identified and it was revealed to be disease-free on histology. No further axillary dissection was performed. This case report shows that sentinel node biopsy is applicable to Merkel cell carcinoma. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Sentinel lymph node dissection for merkel cell carcinoma

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s002380100254
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Abstract

Merkel cell carcinoma is an aggressive neuroendocrine skin tumor whose treatment modality is still controversial. It resembles malignant melanoma in its cutaneous presentation, unpredictable biologic behavior, early regional lymph node involvement, early distant metastases, and high recurrence rate. Regarding these common features, we used sentinel node biopsy (a well-described technique for the treatment of malignant melanoma) in a 50-year-old man with Merkel cell carcinoma of the left arm. Only one sentinel lymph node was identified and it was revealed to be disease-free on histology. No further axillary dissection was performed. This case report shows that sentinel node biopsy is applicable to Merkel cell carcinoma.

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European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Jul 28, 2001

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