Complementary role of positron emission tomography in Merkel cell carcinoma

Oscar Lin, Aju Thomas, Amolak Singh, Ben Greenspan

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Abstract

Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare type of neuroendocrine tumor of the skin with approximately 470 documented new cases annually in the United States. These tumors have high metastatic and recurrence rates, making them aggressive and difficult to treat. Diagnostic workup usually includes computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and scintigraphy methods such as octreotide scans. More recently, positron emission tomographic scanning has been used to evaluate Merkel cell carcinomas. A case of Merkel cell carcinoma, in which positron emission tomography imaging with fluorodeoxyglucose played an important role in staging, re-staging, and identifying previously unknown distant metastatic disease, is presented in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1110-1112
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern medical journal
Volume97
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

Keywords

  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Positron emission tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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