A Report of 13 Cases of Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Single-Center Experience and Review of the Literature


YAZİCİ S. , YAZİCİ S. , BALABAN ADIM Ş. , BÜLBÜL BAŞKAN E. , AYDOĞAN K. , SARICAOĞLU H.

ANNALS OF DERMATOLOGY, vol.31, no.3, pp.272-278, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.5021/ad.2019.31.3.272
  • Title of Journal : ANNALS OF DERMATOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.272-278

Abstract

Background: There is limited data knowledge of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) in Turkey aside from a few case reports. Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics, demographic features, therapeutic parameters, and outcome of primary cutaneous MCC cases from Turkey. Methods: Digital medical records of the 13 MCC patients who were followed-up at a tertiary referral center were retrospectively analyzed. Clinic, demographic, tumor characteristics, and survival of the patients were retrieved. Results: Most of our patients were elderly. Female predominance was noticed. The most common primary site of the tumors was the lower extremities. The overall survival was 42 months, 68% at first year, 68% at third years, and 29% at fifth years. Conclusion: This is the first largest report from Turkish population with female predominance, and lower extremity tendency.