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American Journal of Dermatopathology:
Extraordinary Case Report

A Case of Intraepidermal Merkel Cell Carcinoma within Squamous Cell Carcinoma In-Situ: Merkel Cell Carcinoma In-Situ?

Al-Ahmadie, Hikmat A. MD*; Mutasim, Diya F. MD†; Mutema, George K. MD, PhD*

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We report a case of a 79-year-old Caucasian male who presented with a wrist lesion of combined intraepidermal Merkel cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in-situ. The two tumors were tightly admixed and distinct, and both were without any dermal or invasive components. No features of transition between the two tumors were seen. We suggest the term Merkel cell carcinoma in situ for tumors that demonstrate exclusive intraepidermal proliferation of neuroendocrine cells.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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