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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 546972, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/546972
Case Report

Vulvar Merkel Carcinoma: A Case Report

1Gynecological Unit, Metaxa Memorial Hospital, Peiraeus, 38, Seizani Street, Nea Ionia, 14231 Athens, Greece
2Pathology Unit, Metaxa Memorial Hospital, Peiraeus, 38, Seizani Street, Nea Ionia, 14231 Athens, Greece

Received 5 March 2011; Accepted 24 March 2011

Academic Editor: Klaus F. Helm

Copyright © 2011 C. Iavazzo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This is a new case of Merkel cell carcinoma of the vulva. It is a rare neuroendocrine carcinoma with an aggressive behavior. Because of its rarity in this location, it is not clear whether it behaves differently from the usual neuroendocrine carcinomas of the skin. A case of a 63-year-old patient with vulvar Merkel carcinoma is presented. The clinical presentation, microscopic and immunohistochemical features, and treatment are discussed.