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Minerva Medica 2002 June;93(3):219-26

language: Italian

Merkel cell carcinoma of the skin in a patient with myasthenia gravis

Gianfreda M., Caiffi S., De Franceschi T., Dodero C., Durante R., Faletti P., Rebuttato A., Schivo A., Tassara R.


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Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare, aggressive neuroendocrine tumor of the skin commonly seen in the elderly on the head, neck and extremities, with a predisposition for local regional and distant spreading. A case of Merkel cell carcinoma occurred in a woman treated with immunosuppressive therapy for myasthenia gravis, is described and the possibility of a link between the immunosuppressive and/or oncogenic therapy and this tumor is suggested.

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