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Chirurgia 2008 August;21(4):239-41

Copyright © 2008 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Merkel cell carcinoma: a rare clinical entity

Kteniadakis S. 1, Koutentakis M. 1, Ieromonachou P. 2, Velegrakis M. 1

1 II Divisione di chirurgia generale, Ospedale Generale “Venizelion” Iraklio, Grecia 2 Divisione di Anatomia Patologica Ospedale Generale “Venizelion” Iraklio, Grecia


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Merkel carcinoma represents, in the general population, a rare primary neuroendocrine tumor of particularly high malignancy. This tumor has the tendency to recur locally, to present lymph node infiltrations and to metastasize rapidly. Surgery is the main therapeutic approach, but the treatment should be individualized depending on the clinical data. This study describes 3 cases presented in our Department between 2005-2007 from a total of 6 cases treated in our hospital over the last 15 years.

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