Department of Dermatology, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri, Korea.
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive cutaneous malignancy of the elderly and immunocompromised patients. It is occasionally found coexisting with other diseases, such as squamous cellcarcinoma, basal cellcarcinoma, actinic keratosis, miscellaneous adnexal tumors, and rarely Bowen disease. A 75-year-old woman presented with a 6-month history of an irregularly shaped erythematous patch on the left mandibular angle. Three months later, a 1.5×1.0 cm sized painless and rapidly growing erythematous nodule developed on the patch. Microscopically, the patch lesion was consistent with that of Bowen disease. The nodular lesion showed a number of small uniform hyperchromatic cells with scanty cytoplasm. It showed dense small-cell like nodular infiltration in the dermis. Immunohistochemical staining for cytokeratin 20 showed a positive result with a dot-like perinuclear pattern. Additionally, the result for thyroid transcription factor-1 was negative, which is positive in small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. From these findings, we diagnosed this lesion as MCC concurrent with Bowen disease.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.