Skin Care news and information found at www.SpaTreatmentTraining.com brought to you by National Laser Institute. Are you interested in a career that can train you to be a Med Spa technician? Want to become a certified Laser Hair Removal Specialist, Laser Tattoo Removal Specialist, Botox Injections or many more exciting Medical Spa courses? Enroll in the National Laser Institute and find yourself on the fast track to success.

imagePurpose
Merkel cell carcinomas are a rare type of neuroendocrine tumors of the head, neck, and extremities commonly found in older patients. Merkel cell carcinomas present as red-to-purple and nontender nodules with or without surface ulceration, usually measuring 2 cm in diameter.
Case Presentations
An 83-year-old woman with a skin-colored nodule on the dorsal aspect of her right wrist was referred to our department for treatment. The regional lymph nodes were not palpable, and the positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan did not reveal any distant metastases. We conducted wide excision of the lesion and sentinel lymph node biopsy. The defect caused by the excision and partial bone resection was reconstructed using a radical forearm rotational flap and a split-thickness skin graft. Postoperatively, the patient received adjuvant radiation therapy. We observed wound healing and an absence of complications such as recurrence at 1-year follow-up.
Conclusions
Merkel cell carcinomas are rare but aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancers, which rarely occur in the upper extremity. Our treatment of nonamputative wide excision and sentinel lymph node dissection, followed by postoperative radiation therapy, showed no local or distant recurrence. Here, we review the current literature on Merkel cell carcinomas and describe our approach of treatment.

Reviews of National Laser Institute