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BMC Research Notes

, 8:188

First Online: 07 May 2015Received: 10 July 2014Accepted: 22 April 2015DOI: 10.1186-s13104-015-1139-3

Cite this article as: Tuktamyshov, R., Jain, D. & Ginsburg, P.M. BMC Res Notes 2015 8: 188. doi:10.1186-s13104-015-1139-3

Abstract

BackgroundMerkel cell carcinoma is a rare and aggressive skin malignancy that arises from primary neural cells and has a tendency for local recurrence and regional lymph node metastases. There are only a few cases in the literature reporting metastases of Merkel cell carcinoma to the gastrointestinal tract.

Case presentationWe present a 70 year old Caucasian female with distant history of Merkel cell carcinoma who presented with iron-deficiency anemia. Colonoscopy performed later for the evaluation of anemia revealed 1 cm polyp in ascending colon which turned out to be the recurrence of Merkel cell carcinoma.

ConclusionMetastatic Merkel cell carcinoma to the gastrointestinal tract or any other organ should be considered in patients with a history of Merkel cell carcinoma.

KeywordsMerkel Cell carcinoma Polyp Colonoscopy Colon Metastasis AbbreviationsMCCMerkel cell carcinoma

GIGastrointestinal tract

CTComputed tomography

CK20Cytokeratin 20

TTF-1Thyroid transcription factor-1

CDX-2Caudal homeobox 2 protein

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Author: Rasikh Tuktamyshov - Dhanpat Jain - Philip M Ginsburg

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