Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute, Division of Endocrine Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an uncommon skin malignancy that has a high propensity for metastatic spread and there is no consensus regarding the optimal therapeutic approach. The relative roles of surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy are still controversial. As the robotic approaches are gaining more popularity over the recent years, herein we report our result for MCC using robotics.
We herein describe a patient with MCC metastases to the left adrenal gland, which was resected robotically. The procedure was performed under general anesthesia using the robotic camera and 2 robotic working ports.
A 59-year-old woman, who was diagnosed to have MCC of the left forearm 1 year ago with stage T2 N1 and removed by wide excision, underwent left robotic lateral transabdominal adrenalectomy because of MCC metastasis to the left adrenal gland. She was discharged home on postoperative day 2 uneventfully and is currently alive at 18 months with no evidence of recurrent disease on imaging studies.
This case report demonstrates that minimally invasive adrenalectomy may be performed for isolated MCC metastasis.
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.