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Hum Pathol. 2001 Apr;32(4):434-40.

Primary and secondary prostatic adenocarcinoma of the urinary bladder.

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Division of Anatomical Pathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


Urinary bladder involvement by prostatic adenocarcinoma (PAC) is not well characterized in the literature. Fifteen consecutive cases of PAC diagnosed in the urinary bladder over a period of 10 years were reviewed. All bladder and prostate slides from each patient were evaluated. Eleven patients (group A) had synchronous PAC in the prostate. In these patients, bladder PAC occurred 2 to 11 years after the initial diagnosis of PAC in the prostate and tended to have a higher Gleason score than the original prostatic PAC. Four cases of bladder PAC in group A had areas with features of urothelial carcinoma, with focal positive immunoreactivity for thrombomodulin in 2 cases. Two patients (group B) had undergone radical prostatectomy for PAC 15 years earlier. The lesions in the urinary bladder in both cases showed histopathologic features similar to those seen in the previous prostatic malignancies. Two patients (group C) had histories of previously resected urothelial carcinoma. Bladder PAC was diagnosed at routine follow-up, and repeated prostate biopsy up to 2 years after the diagnosis of bladder PAC showed no evidence of prostatic PAC. PAC in the urinary bladder may be either primary or secondary. Secondary PAC is usually associated with high-grade and high-stage carcinoma in the prostate and may mimic transitional cell carcinoma. Primary bladder lesions may or may not be associated with a history of PAC in the prostate. The prognosis of patients with the primary carcinoma is favorable. HUM PATHOL 32:434-440.

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