Volume 15, Number 4, December 2003

Merkel Cell Carcinoma of the Mental Region

Kenji Arimura, Kiyomi Kawashima, Thoru Shimoda, Tetsuro Ishigami, Hiroshi Mukai, Kazumasa Sugihara

First Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kagoshima University Dental School, Kagoshima, Japan

Merkel cell carcinoma, first described by Toker in 1972, is a rare malignant tumour that predominantly occurs in the head and neck region of older patients. This report is of an 86-year-old woman who presented with a mass in the mental region diagnosed as Merkel cell carcinoma. The clinical, histological, and immunohistochemical features of this tumour are described, together with a brief review of the literature.

Key words: Head and neck, Merkel cell carcinoma, Neuron specific enolase

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003;15:284-287.
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