Merkel's cell carcinoma in organ recipients: report of 41 cases

TitleMerkel's cell carcinoma in organ recipients: report of 41 cases
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsPenn I, First MR
Pagination1717 - 21
Date PublishedDec 15
Accession Number10609948
Keywords*Organ Transplantation, *Postoperative Complications, Adult, Aged, Carcinoma, Merkel Cell / epidemiology / *etiology / mortality / therapy, Female, Humans, Incidence, Male, Middle Aged, Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S., Skin Neoplasms / epidemiology / *etiology / mortality / therapy

In the general population Merkel's cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancer. More than 600 cases have been reported. MCC seems to be common in transplant recipients, with 41 cases being reported to the Cincinnati Transplant Tumor Registry, and another 11 in the transplant literature. In the general population, it is a disease of older adults, with only 51% of cases occurring below the age of 50 years. In transplant patients, the mean age at diagnosis was 53 (range 33-78) years, and 29% of recipients were

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