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Ramya Vangipuram, Stephen K Tyring
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September 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916903/merkel-cell-carcinoma-epidemiology-pathogenesis-diagnosis-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Teresa Amaral, Ulrike Leiter, Claus Garbe
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and aggressive skin cancer with a neuroendocrine phenotype. Incidence varies according to the geographic regions but is overall increasing. Different risk factors have been identified namely advanced age, immunosuppression, and ultraviolet light exposure. An association between MCC and polyomavirus infection is known. However, the exact mechanism that leads to carcinogenesis is yet to be fully understood. Surgery when feasible is the recommended treatment for localized disease, followed by adjuvant radiation or chemoradiation...
September 16, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905116/-teledermoscopy-by-mobile-phones-reliable-help-in-the-diagnosis-of-skin-lesions
#3
A Zink, A Kolbinger, M Leibl, I Léon Suarez, J Gloning, C Merkel, J Winkler, T Biedermann, J Ring, B Eberlein
BACKGROUND: Teledermoscopy is a promising modern technique to complement or to substitute dermatologic examination. OBJECTIVE: In this pilot study, we compared the outcomes of teledermoscopic consultations with clinical examinations and histologic results. METHODS: Conventional and dermatoscopic photos of single lesions were taken in 26 patients using a mobile phone and an attached handyscope optical system. Five resident physicians performed a clinical examination including dermoscopy while the teledermatologic and teledermoscopic photos were assessed by an experienced dermatologist...
September 13, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895885/anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-in-cutaneous-malignancies
#4
REVIEW
Severine Cao, Vinod E Nambudiri
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is a receptor tyrosine kinase that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of neoplasms. As suggested by its name, ALK was first described as part of a translocation product in cases of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, with other genetic and cytogenetic ALK mutations subsequently coming to attention in the development of many other hematologic and solid organ malignancies. ALK has now been shown to play a role in the pathogenesis of several cutaneous malignancies, including secondary cutaneous systemic anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) and primary cutaneous ALCL, melanoma, spitzoid tumors, epithelioid fibrous histiocytoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma...
September 12, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893943/merkel-cell-polyomavirus-and-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#5
REVIEW
James A DeCaprio
Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) causes the highly aggressive and relatively rare skin cancer known as Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). MCPyV also causes a lifelong yet relatively innocuous infection and is one of 14 distinct human polyomaviruses species. Although polyomaviruses typically do not cause illness in healthy individuals, several can cause catastrophic diseases in immunocompromised hosts. MCPyV is the only polyomavirus clearly associated with human cancer. How MCPyV causes MCC and what oncogenic events must transpire to enable this virus to cause MCC is the focus of this essay...
October 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893932/tumour-virology-in-the-era-of-high-throughput-genomics
#6
REVIEW
Ka-Wei Tang, Erik Larsson
With the advent of massively parallel sequencing, oncogenic viruses in tumours can now be detected in an unbiased and comprehensive manner. Additionally, new viruses or strains can be discovered based on sequence similarity with known viruses. Using this approach, the causative agent for Merkel cell carcinoma was identified. Subsequent studies using data from large collections of tumours have confirmed models built during decades of hypothesis-driven and low-throughput research, and a more detailed and comprehensive description of virus-tumour associations have emerged...
October 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885435/treatment-of-metastatic-eyelid-carcinoma
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Paola Bonavolontà, Giovanni Dell'Aversana Orabona, Vincenzo Abbate, Giorgio Iaconetta, Giulio Bonavolontà, Luigi Califano
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to report management and outcomes in patients affected by eyelids carcinomas involving regional lymph nodes. METHODS: We have retrospectively analyzed the data of patients affected by eyelids carcinoma with nodal involvement. The clinical records of 10 patients with malignant eyelid carcinoma and regional nodal metastasis treated between September 2011 and March 2015 have been analyzed. RESULTS: The study included 5 women and 5 men (median age 54,5 years; range 37-80 years)...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878663/subacute-cerebellar-degeneration-due-to-a-paraneoplastic-phenomenon-associated-with-metastatic-merkel-cell-carcinoma-a-case-report
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Angelos Sharobeam, Jason Ray, Juliana Dong, Victor Chong
PURPOSE: The aim of this article is to illustrate the diagnostic challenges and management of paraneoplastic neurological syndromes in Merkel cell carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We describe a previously functionally independent 85-year-old woman who presented with subacute onset of dizziness and gait ataxia in the setting of metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma. RESULTS: Diagnosis was made on biopsy after positron emission tomography imaging revealed increased metabolic activity in 2 left inguinofemoral lymph nodes...
May 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868202/a-thoracic-vertebral-localization-of-a-metastasized-cutaneous-merkel-cell-carcinoma-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#9
Rosario Maugeri, Antonella Giugno, Roberto G Giammalva, Carlo Gulì, Luigi Basile, Francesca Graziano, Domenico G Iacopino
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare neuroendocrine skin tumor, which may be related to sun exposure. It can metastasize to lungs, liver and bone, leading to severe morbidity and mortality. Vertebral metastases from MCC are rare. The authors report the tenth case in the literature, a 59-year-old patient with MCC, which was primarily localized in the scalp, and later provoked distant metastasis to the thoracic spinal column. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 59-year-old woman was admitted at our Unit of Neurosurgery with a 4-month history of progressive and severe dorsal back pain, without neurological signs...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868044/merkel-cell-carcinoma-with-distant-metastasis-to-the-clivus-causing-symptoms-mimicking-tolosa-hunt-syndrome-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#10
Kwo Wei David Ho, Peter A Drew, Miguel Chuquilin
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an uncommon but highly malignant neuroendocrine tumor of the skin. MCC can metastasize, but involvement of the central nervous system is rare. Here, we report a case of rapidly progressing metastatic MCC to the clivus and bilateral cavernous sinus in an immunocompromised patient. This case is unique in that it is the first case report showing MCC metastasis to the clivus from a distant site. It also demonstrates that a MCC metastasis can masquerade with symptoms of Tolosa-Hunt syndrome...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860441/-a-case-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma-complicated-with-severe-thrombocytopenia-treated-with-carboplatin-etoposide-regimen-after-surgery
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Yuko Saito, Takayoshi Kiba, Toru Takahashi, Hiroyuki Hirakawa, Miho Saito, Chiaki Otomo, Miho Sato, Yoshiteru Watanabe, Masanobu Sakaguchi, Risako Kadota, Naoya Noguchi, Takahiro Suzuki, Toshikazu Awataguchi, Fumi Shoji, Nobuo Ota
Thrombocytopenia is often caused by myelosuppression during chemotherapy. However, when platelet transfusions are required, pathological conditions such as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura(ITP)and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura( TTP)also occur. We report a case of Merkel cell carcinoma complicated with severe thrombocytopenia treated with carboplatin/etoposide regimen after surgery. The patient's platelet count did not increase in spite of platelet transfusions. However, the platelet count increased after steroid treatment was chosen under the diagnosis of ITP...
August 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844339/advances-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma-from-a-pathologist-s-perspective
#12
REVIEW
Sarah Kay Barksdale
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rarely made but potentially devastating diagnosis. While local disease might be cured by surgery and radiotherapy, advanced disease is usually rapidly progressive and fatal. Until very recently, the only approach to metastatic MCC was cytotoxic chemotherapy with results so disappointing that current treatment guidelines discourage its use and recommend clinical trial as a more viable treatment option. Fortunately, recent advances in the understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of this tumour have produced a wide variety of experimental treatments for MCC, some of which are quite promising...
August 22, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841334/eyelid-merkel-cell-carcinoma-in-a-patient-treated-with-golimumab
#13
H Hanafi, R M Verdijk, D Paridaens
PURPOSE: To describe a clinical case of biopsy-proven Merkel cell carcinoma of the eyelid following golimumab therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Interventional case report. RESULTS: A 73-year-old woman with a history of chronic RA presented with a right upper eyelid mass. She had been treated with golimumab (tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors) injection therapy for the past 6 months. A biopsy showed findings suggestive of a Merkel cell carcinoma of the eyelid...
August 25, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837181/avelumab-for-the-treatment-of-metastatic-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#14
L M Cordes, J L Gulley
Avelumab is a promising new therapeutic agent for patients with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive type of neuroendocrine tumor of the skin. Until the recent approval of avelumab (Bavencio), no therapies were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma. In a recent trial, avelumab, an anti-programmed death ligand-1 antibody, demonstrated an objective response in 28 of 88 patients (31.8% [95.9% CI, 21.9-43.1]) with advanced, chemotherapy-refractory Merkel cell carcinoma...
July 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821198/cd200-expression-in-neuroendocrine-neoplasms
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Jason E Love, Kimberly Thompson, Mark R Kilgore, Maria Westerhoff, Claire E Murphy, Antonios Papanicolau-Sengos, Kinsey A McCormick, Veena Shankaran, Natalie Vandeven, Faith Miller, Astrid Blom, Paul T Nghiem, Steven J Kussick
Objectives: CD200 expression has been well studied in hematopoietic malignancies; however, CD200 expression has not been well-characterized in neuroendocrine neoplasms. We examined CD200 expression in 391 neuroendocrine neoplasms from various anatomic sites. Methods: Tissue blocks containing pulmonary small cell carcinoma, pulmonary carcinoid, large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, gastrointestinal carcinoid, and Merkel cell carcinoma were evaluated for CD200 expression by immunohistochemistry...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815668/primary-low-grade-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-skin-an-exceedingly-rare-entity
#16
Tiffany Y Chen, Annie O Morrison, Joe Susa, Clay J Cockerell
Low-grade neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), also known as carcinoid tumor, commonly arise from the gastrointestinal (GI) and pulmonary tracts, but rarely occur in the skin. Cutaneous NET typically occurs as metastases or high-grade primary lesions, called Merkel cell carcinoma. In the few cases described in literature, primary low-grade neuroendocrine carcinomas of the skin (LGNECS) are usually indolent cutaneous nodules, presenting on the head and trunk of elderly patients. LGNECS tumors are histologically similar to its counterparts arising in other anatomic locations...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802661/efficacy-of-isolated-limb-perfusion-ilp-in-patients-with-merkel-cell-carcinoma-mcc-a-multicenter-experience
#17
L M van Veenendaal, M F Madu, M E T Tesselaar, C Verhoef, D J Grünhagen, A C J van Akkooi
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and potentially aggressive neuroendocrine tumor of the skin, with a propensity for locoregional metastases. In two expert referral centers, isolated limb perfusion (ILP) is used to obtain locoregional control in selected locoregionally advanced MCC patients. This study describes our experience. METHOD: Patients who underwent ILP for MCC were analyzed. ILP was performed with melphalan and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) combination therapy...
August 3, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802497/update-on-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#18
REVIEW
Paul W Harms
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive cutaneous neuroendocrine malignancy. Merkel cell polyomavirus, a tumorigenic DNA virus, is present in most MCC tumors, with implications for tumor biology, diagnosis, and management. Merkel cell polyomavirus-negative tumors have a high burden of UV-signature mutations, similar to melanoma. The histopathologic diagnosis of MCC requires immunohistochemistry to exclude morphologically similar entities. Therapies for advanced disease are currently lacking. Here, the features of MCC are reviewed, including recent molecular discoveries with implications for improved therapy for advanced disease...
September 2017: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802095/the-diagnostic-utility-of-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-immunohistochemistry-in-a-fine-needle-aspirate-of-metastatic-merkel-cell-carcinoma-of-unknown-primary-to-the-pancreas
#19
Long Li, Kyle Molberg, Naga Cheedella, Joel Thibodeaux, Stacy Hinson, Elena Lucas
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive skin tumor with a high tendency for metastases. We report a case of MCC initially presenting as axillary and pancreatic metastases. A 33-year-old HIV-positive Hispanic male presented with a history of a rapidly growing axillary mass. A needle core biopsy demonstrated an epithelioid neoplasm composed of small to medium-sized cells with high nuclear-cytoplasmic ratio, nuclear molding, and frequent mitotic figures. A subsequent PET scan revealed a 1.5 cm FDG avid mass in the pancreas...
August 12, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793172/tropomyosin-receptor-kinase-a-expression-on-merkel-cell-carcinoma-cells
#20
Ulrike Wehkamp, Sophie Stern, Sandra Krüger, Axel Hauschild, Christoph Röcken, Friederike Egberts
Importance: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a malignant neuroendocrine skin tumor frequently associated with the Merkel cell polyomavirus. Immune checkpoint therapy showed remarkable results, although not all patients are responsive to this therapy. Anti-tropomyosin receptor kinase A (TrkA)-targeted treatment has shown promising results in several tumor entities. Objective: To determine TrkA expression in MCC as a rationale for potential targeted therapy. Design, Setting, and Participants: This case series study investigated the MCC specimens of 55 patients treated at the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany, from January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2015...
August 9, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
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