Benign mucinous metaplasia of the penis. A lesion resembling extramammary Paget's disease

Authors

  • J. Fernando Val-Bernal,

    1. Anatomical Pathology Department, Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, Medical Faculty, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
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  • Emilia Hernández-Nieto

    1. Anatomical Pathology Department, Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, Medical Faculty, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
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J. Fernando Val-Bernal, M.D., Ph.D., Departamento de Anatomía Patológica, Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Avda. Valdecilla 1, 39008 Santander, Spain
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Abstract

Benign mucinous metaplasia in the surface epithelium of the genital area is rare and has only been reported once in the vulva. A unique case of benign mucinous metaplasia of the prepuce in a 65-year-old man is reported here. The lesion measured 0.6 cm, was located in the mucous surface of the foreskin, and showed acid mucin containing cells. We regard benign mucinous metaplasia as a reactive rather than a neoplastic process. The main lesions to be considered in the differential diagnosis are mucinous syringometaplasia, extramammary Paget's disease, cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in situ with mucinous metaplasia, superficial spreading malignant melanoma, and epidermotropic metastasis. The confinement of mucin-containing cells to the epidermis, the absence of nuclear atypia, the basal orientation of the nuclei, the predominant location of the cells in the upper layers of the epithelium, and the fact that the mucinous cells are replacing the squamous epithelium rather that infiltrating it, all assist in recognizing mucinous metaplasia of the penis as a specific and benign entity.

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