ecancermedicalscience

Case Report

Intestinal obstruction due to small intestinal metastasis from primary Merkel cell carcinoma of the gluteal region

19 Dec 2022
Juan Francisco Olivos-Gonzales, Elily Apumayta-Requena, Andrés Guevara-Jabiles, Mercedes Bravo-Taxa

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare neoplasm of unknown multifactorial origin first described in 1972. It occurs most often in older Caucasian males and is typically associated with sun-exposed areas of skin. However, cases have also been reported in other areas, such as the trunk and the gluteal region. Metastatic disease will occur in up to one-third of cases at onset or during the course of the disease, including metastases to the abdominal organs. We present the case of a 53-year-old male with a history of primary MCC of the right buttock and local resection surgery. Eighteen months later, he presented with a small bowel obstruction and had an emergency segmental bowel resection. Pathology examination with immunohistochemistry concluded that findings were consistent with metastatic MCC.

Related Articles

Tasneem Dawood, Yasmin Abdul Rashid, Saqib Raza Khan, Adnan Abdul Jabbar, Muhammad Nauman Zahir, Munira Shabbir Moosajee