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Virchows Arch. 2013 Apr;462(4):429-36. doi: 10.1007/s00428-013-1385-5. Epub 2013 Feb 27.

Histopathological features of ductal adenocarcinoma of the prostate in 1,051 radical prostatectomy specimens.

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Department of Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Radiumhemmet P1:02, Karolinska University Hospital, 171 76 Stockholm, Sweden.


Ductal adenocarcinoma (DAC) of the prostate is thought to have worse prognosis than prostatic acinar carcinoma (PAC). We aimed to evaluate the prognostic significance of histopathological patterns of DAC. A series of 1,051 radical prostatectomy specimens from Karolinska University Hospital 1998-2005 was reviewed. A ductal component was classified as classical DAC (DACC) if it had columnar, pseudostratified epithelium, elongated nuclei, and papillary, glandular, or cribriform architecture; borderline DAC (DACB) if it lacked elongated nuclei or classical architecture; and prostatic adenocarcinoma with ductal features (PCDF) if stratified high-grade nuclei were found. DACC, DACB, and PCDF were seen in 2.6, 4.0, and 1.6 % of the cases. DAC was usually mixed with PAC and constituted 10-100 % (mean 40 %) of the main tumor. Location was periurethral, peripheral, or both in 69.8, 3.5, and 26.7 %. Necrosis was seen in 31.3 %, stromal invasion of DAC in 52.3 %, and intraductal spread in 91.9 %. In DACC/DACB and PAC, extraprostatic extension was seen in 66.7 and 42.4 % (p < 0.001) and seminal vesicle invasion in 13.0 and 5.0 % (p = 0.0045). DACC, DACB, and PCDF had a hazard ratio for biochemical recurrence of 1.5 (0.7-2.8), 1.4 (0.8-2.6) and 1.2 (0.5-2.7). When PCDF was excluded from DAC, hazard ratio was 1.4 (95 % CI 0.9-2.3, p = 0.12). Location, % DAC, necrosis, stromal invasion, or Gleason score were not predictive of recurrence. This suggests that DACC and DACB are more aggressive than average PAC, while cancers with acinar architecture and pseudostratified high-grade nuclei should not be included in DAC.

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