Somatostatin analogue scintigraphy. A simple and sensitive method for the in vivo visualization of Merkel cell tumors and their metastases.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Trabecular carcinomas of the skin, or Merkel cell tumors, are aggressive neoplasms that tend to occur in sun-exposed skin. These tumors frequently metastasize and, despite therapy, the number of disease-related deaths is high. Ultrastructurally and immunocytochemically, the majority of these tumors have neuroendocrine characteristics. Recently… (More)

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