Primary Undifferentiated Pleomorphic Sarcoma of the Penis

Ochsner J. 2017 Winter;17(4):434-437.


Background: Primary penile sarcoma is a rare disease that affects men of all ages. Different subtypes of primary penile sarcoma exist, with the rarest being pleomorphic sarcoma. Delays in presentation and diagnosis of primary penile sarcoma have been reported because of its benign-appearing presenting features and rarity. If penile sarcoma is left untreated, the clinical consequence is metastasis that is fatal in most cases.

Case report: We report an extremely rare case of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma of the penis in a 59-year-old patient who initially presented with a slow-growing penile nodule. The tumor was surgically excised, but the patient experienced local recurrence and, despite receiving chemotherapy and surgery, died of metastatic disease 15 months after initial presentation.

Conclusion: Vigilance regarding biopsy and intervention for penile nodules may lead to early diagnosis and improved clinical outcomes.

Keywords: Penile neoplasms; penis; sarcoma.

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  • Case Reports