Metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma

Case contributed by Dr Anna Margherita Maffione


Swelling of fourth finger of the right hand.

Patient Data

Age: 74
Gender: Male
Nuclear medicine


Intense hypermetabolic lesion (SUVmax 6.3) on the fourth finger of the right hand consistent with localization of Merkel cell carcinoma. In addition, ipsilateral axillary adenopathy is demonstrated as three FDG-avid lymph, the largest of which with SUVmax 9.5 and short axis diameter of 2.3 cm.

Case Discussion

Biopsy revealed Merkel cell carcinoma. Many studies have demonstrated the high sensitivity and specificity of 18F-FDG PET/CT in staging Merkel cell carcinoma.

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Case information

rID: 33259
Case created: 5th Jan 2015
Last edited: 19th Jan 2017
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