Eye
Eyelid other tumors
Merkel cell carcinoma of eyelid

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 7 May 2018, last major update February 2014

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PubMed Search: Merkel cell carcinoma [title] eyelid [title]

Cite this page: Pernick, N. Eyelid: Merkel cell carcinoma of eyelid. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyeeyelidmerkel.html. Accessed July 21st, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Resembles skin tumor
  • Usually upper eyelid
  • Often presents as large, nontender, red or violet mass
Clinical images

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Superficial tumor of upper
eyelid with thin epidermis
and prominent vessels

Microscopic (histologic) description

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Well circumscribed nodule
of superficial dermis

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Pale round nuclei with high N/C ratio

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Infiltrating lymphocytes present