Recurrent Merkel cell carcinoma of the upper extremity

South Med J. 2000 Mar;93(3):340-5.


We report a case of recurrent Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) of the upper extremity, treated aggressively with wide local excision, regional lymphadenectomy, and immediate reconstruction. Five years after surgery, there is no clinical or diagnostic evidence of locoregional recurrence or distant disease. The patient's upper extremity and hand remain fully functional, without evidence of median or ulnar nerve dysfunction. No donor site morbidity has been noted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Carcinoma, Merkel Cell / pathology*
  • Carcinoma, Merkel Cell / surgery
  • Elbow / pathology*
  • Elbow / surgery
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lymph Node Excision
  • Male
  • Median Nerve / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / transplantation
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / surgery
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery
  • Skin Transplantation
  • Ulnar Nerve / physiology