BMJ Case Reports 2018; doi:10.1136/bcr-2018-225125
  • Reminder of important clinical lesson

Venous thromboembolism leading to diagnosis of de novo malignancy in an organ transplant recipient

  1. Benjamin Kurth
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Natalie Mitchell,{at}
  • Accepted 6 August 2018
  • Published 8 September 2018


We report the case of a patient with remote orthotopic liver transplant who was ultimately diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma following admission for initial venous thromboembolism. Additionally, we review pertinent literature related to the risk of skin cancer in solid organ transplant recipients and discuss the importance of yearly skin exams in this patient population.


  • Contributors NM wrote the manuscript. AC obtained patient consent. BK assisted with editing the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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