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Volume 16, Number 4—April 2010

Dispatch

Merkel Cell Polyomavirus in Cutaneous Swabs

Vincent FoulongneComments to Author , Nicolas Kluger, Olivier Dereure, Grégoire Mercier, Jean-Pierre Molès, Bernard Guillot, and Michel Segondy
Author affiliations: University of Montpellier I, Montpellier, France

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Table

Merkel cell polyomavirus DNA detection rates in swabs

Swab type
Patients with MCC*
(no. positive/no. tested)
Patients with other skin diseases†
(no. positive/no. tested)
Clinically healthy volunteers
(no. positive/no. tested)
Buccal mucosa 1/5 0/13 1/24
Cutaneous
Overall 27/29 58/78 56/70
Face 6/6 14/16 23/25
Trunk 11/11 16/20 13/16
Upper limb 1//2 10/15 9/14
Lower limb 7/8 10/15 11/15
Lesion 2/2 8/12 Not applicable

*MCC, Merkel cell carcinoma.
†Patients with Kaposi sarcoma (n = 6), cutaneous drug side-effect (n = 3), leg ulcer (n = 3), bullous pemphigoid (n = 2), psoriasis (n = 1), and mycosis fungoides (n = 1).

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