Gastric metastasis of Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare cause of gastrointestinal bleeding: Case report and review of the literature

Malav P. Parikh*, Salih Samo, Venu Ganipisetti, Sathish Krishnan, Maulik Dhandha, Margaret Yungbluth, Walter R. Glaws

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Abstract

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a highly aggressive cutaneous tumor of neuroendocrine origin. It is usually seen in elderly Caucasian males and occurs in sun exposed areas of the body. Diagnosis of MCC can be challenging and requires confirmation by immunohistochemical studies. It has an aggressive biological behavior with early local and distant metastasis and carries a dismal prognosis. However, metastasis of MCC to the stomach is very uncommon and rarely reported in the literature. We hereby describe a patient with gastric metastasis of MCC, who presented with upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E68-E72
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Gastric metastasis
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding (GI bleeding)
  • Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Gastroenterology

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