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Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2011 Mar;30(1):48-56. doi: 10.1016/j.sder.2011.02.001.

Merkel cell carcinoma: update and review.

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Division of Cutaneous Surgery and Oncology, Department of Dermatology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA. twang49@jhmi.edu

Abstract

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive, and often fatal cutaneous malignancy that is not usually suspected at the time of biopsy. Because of its increasing incidence and the discovery of a possible viral association, interest in MCC has escalated. Recent effort has broadened our breadth of knowledge regarding MCC and developed instruments to improve data collection and future study. This article provides an update on current thinking about the Merkel cell and MCC.

PMID:
21540020
PMCID:
PMC4657440
DOI:
10.1016/j.sder.2011.02.001
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