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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-104

Merkel cell carcinoma: A case report


1 Department of Surgery, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Histopathology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
3 Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Dr. Ismail Inuwa Mohammed
Department of Surgery, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/smj.smj_42_17

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Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare type of skin cancer which often appears on sun-exposed areas. It is a fairly common tumor among the Caucasians but rarely occurs among Africans. Therefore, we report the case of a 25-year-old African woman who presented initially with painless swelling on the left upper limb which progressively increased in size and became painful with associated ipsilateral supraclavicular lymph node enlargement and lymphedema. She had excisional biopsy and histology which revealed MCC. The patient was subsequently referred for chemotherapy.


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