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Med Oncol. 2009;26(2):228-32. doi: 10.1007/s12032-008-9113-8. Epub 2008 Oct 31.

Metastasis to the penis in a patient with adenocarcinoma of lung, case report and literature review.

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  • 1The Department of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, 510080, China.


Metastasis of lung cancer to the penis is very rare; it causes various clinical symptoms seriously affecting the quality of life. Early recognition and appropriate management will likely enhance survival in these patients. Here, we report a case of penile metastasis secondary to pulmonary carcinoma along with a review of the literature. One case of penile metastasis secondary to pulmonary carcinoma was detected in a 51-year-old patient who was admitted to the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University with persistent cough along with swelling of the perineum and penis. The clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of this disease along with a relevant literature are reviewed and discussed. A MEDLINE search was performed to identify similar reports in the literature. CT scan revealed lung mass, and a glans penis ulcer and enlargement of inguinal lymph nodes was discovered upon physical examination. CT-guided percutaneous puncture of the lung mass revealed adenocarcinoma of lung, and biopsies of the glans penis ulcer and inguinal lymph nodes confirmed metastatic adenocarcinoma. The patients received chemotherapy and died of acute pulmonary embolism in less than 2 months. Metastasis of lung cancer to the penis is extremely rare. It presents an advanced form of lung cancer, and thus survival is extremely short. Although treatment of penile metastasis is almost always palliative, early recognition may enhance survival for these patients.

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