Metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma

Case contributed by Dr Anna Margherita Maffione


Swelling of fourth finger of the right hand

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
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 F-18-FDG PET-CT in staging Merkel cell carcinoma.

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Case information

rID: 33259
Published: 5th Jan 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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