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Int J Surg Pathol. 2004 Apr;12(2):167-70.

Primary carcinoid tumor of the prostate with concurrent adenocarcinoma: a case report.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, New York Hospital of Queens, New York, USA.


Prostatic adenocarcinomas commonly exhibit neuroendocrine differentiation as demonstrated by immunohistochemistry. However, true carcinoids of the prostate are rare. We describe herein a case of a primary carcinoid occurring synchronously with a conventional adenocarcinoma in the prostate of a 66-year-old man. The carcinoid measured 0.2 x 0.2 cm and did not show contiguity with adjacent conventional, moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma. Immunohistochemical stains for chromogranin and neuron-specific enolase were strongly immunoreactive in the carcinoid but not in the adenocarcinoma. Both neoplasms demonstrated positive staining for prostatic acid phosphatase and prostate-specific antigen. Owing to the relatively minute size of the carcinoid, the possibility that this tumor will impact negatively on the patient's overall prognosis is not anticipated.

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