Merkel cell carcinoma: A primer for the radiologist

Sree Harsha Tirumani, Atul B. Shinagare, Christopher Sakellis, Sachin S. Saboo, Jyothi P. Jagannathan, Katherine M. Krajewski, Nikhil H. Ramaiya

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OBJECTIVE. Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive cutaneous neuroendocrine tumor. The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive description of the staging, workup, treatment, and follow-up of MCC. CONCLUSION. Sentinel lymph node mapping and PET/CT are the cornerstones of staging of MCC. MCC is a radiosensitive tumor, and hence radiotherapy plays a major role in its management. Close follow-up with PET/CT helps in detecting recurrences of MCC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1186-1196
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013


  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • PET/CT
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Tirumani, S. H., Shinagare, A. B., Sakellis, C., Saboo, S. S., Jagannathan, J. P., Krajewski, K. M., & Ramaiya, N. H. (2013). Merkel cell carcinoma: A primer for the radiologist. American Journal of Roentgenology, 200(6), 1186-1196.