Color doppler sonography of merkel cell carcinoma

Orlando Catalano, Fernando Alfageme Roldán, Maria Scotto di Santolo, Francesco Maria Solivetti, Ximena Wortsman

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We illustrate the color Doppler sonographic findings in primary cutaneous Merkel cell carcinoma. Eight cases (4 female and 4 male; mean age, 75.4 years) were collected. The most common affected regions were the face (63%) and the hip/buttock (25%). The mean transverse diameter and thickness were 21 and 14mm, respectively. Fifty percent were oval, and 50% were dome shaped. All lesions were hypoechoic, with variable degrees of heterogeneity. All but 2 lesions were poorly defined. An acoustic reinforcement artifact was present in 3 and epidermal thickening in 2. All tumors had prominent and chaotic hypervascularity with arterial vessels (mean peak velocity, 11 cm/s; mean resistive index, 0.57).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-292
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018



  • Dermatologic ultrasound
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Oncology
  • Skin ultrasound
  • Soft tissue masses
  • Superficial structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Catalano, O., Roldán, F. A., di Santolo, M. S., Solivetti, F. M., & Wortsman, X. (2018). Color doppler sonography of merkel cell carcinoma. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 37(1), 285-292.