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CASE REPORTS: Xanthogranulomatous Inflammation of Corpus Cavernosum


III Young Seo, MD, Department of Urology, Wonkwang University School of Medicine and Hospital, 344-2, Sinyong-Dong, Iksan, Jeonbuk 570-711, Korea. Tel: 82 63 850 1333; Fax: 82 63 842 1455; E-mail:


Introduction.  Xanthogranulomatous inflammation is a rare, chronic destructive inflammatory lesion. The pathological finding is typically lymphocyte and plasma cell infiltration, surrounded by accumulating lipid-laden macrophages.

Methods.  A 65-year-old healthy man presented with a 3-week history of a painless palpable mass in the penis.

Results.  The patient underwent an excision of the mass with a tunica albuginea, and a graft from the tunica vaginaglis. Histopathological findings showed the diffuse xanthogranulomatous inflammation.

Conclusions.  Xanthogranulomatous inflammation of corpus cavernosum in old men is a rare condition. The inflammatory mass should be treated by complete excision and graft. Seo IY, Jo HJ, and Rim JS. Xanthogranulomatous inflammation of corpus cavernosum. J Sex Med 2007;4:1763–1765.