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Carcinoma, Merkel Cell

A carcinoma arising from MERKEL CELLS located in the basal layer of the epidermis and occurring most commonly as a primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin. Merkel cells are tactile cells of neuroectodermal origin and histologically show neurosecretory granules. The skin of the head and neck are a common site of Merkel cell carcinoma, occurring generally in elderly patients. (Holland et al., Cancer Medicine, 3d ed, p1245)

Year introduced: 1989

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Tree Number(s): C02.256.721.150, C02.928.216, C04.557.465.625.650.240.325, C04.557.470.200.025.370.325, C04.557.580.625.650.240.325, C04.925.216

Entry Terms:

  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Merkle Tumors
  • Tumors, Merkle
  • Merkel Cell Cancer
  • Cancer, Merkel Cell
  • Cell Cancer, Merkel
  • Merkel Cell Tumor
  • Tumor, Merkel Cell

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