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Focus on Merkel cell carcinoma: diagnosis and staging


Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare lymphophilic skin tumor of neuroendocrine origin with the potential for rapid progression. Small, localized lesions are diagnosed and treated clinically, but advanced tumors often undergo imaging evaluation. Due to its rarity, radiologists are unaware of evocative imaging features and usually do not consider Merkel cell carcinoma in the differential diagnosis of soft tissue tumors. Appropriate staging is important to determine appropriate treatment and has an impact on patient prognosis. Multimodality imaging is usually needed, and there is no consensus on the optimal imaging strategy. The purpose of this article is to review various aspects of Merkel cell carcinoma imaging and look in detail at how optimal multimodality staging should be carried out.
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hal-01730698 , version 1 (13-03-2018)



Marion Grandhaye, Pedro Gondim Teixeira, Philippe Henrot, Olivier Morel, François Sirveaux, et al.. Focus on Merkel cell carcinoma: diagnosis and staging. Skeletal Radiology, 2015, 44 (6), pp.777 - 786. ⟨10.1007/s00256-015-2104-x⟩. ⟨hal-01730698⟩
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