Neuroendocrine tumor of vulva: A case report and review of literature
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics, Volume 6, Number 3, p.365-366 (2010)
Keywords:adult, article, cancer surgery, Carcinoma, case report, cytokeratin, Disease Progression, female, histopathology, human, human tissue, Humans, Ki 67 antigen, lymph node biopsy, lymph node metastasis, Merkel Cell, Merkel cell tumor, middle aged, Neoplasm Metastasis, practice guideline, Skin Neoplasms, synaptophysin, vulva carcinoma, Vulvar Neoplasms
Neuroendocrine tumor (Merkel cell carcinoma-MCC) of the vulva is a very rare entity with less than 15 cases reported in the English literature. It is known for its aggressive behaviour and propensity for early dissemination. The actual cell of origin and etiology of this disease is controversial. In absence of any definite guidelines for management (due to its rarity), extrapolation of data from extra-vulvar MCC seems logical. We present a case of vulvar neuroendocrine tumor who presented at a locally advanced stage.
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