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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 321-322

Carcinoma penis: How late can inguinal nodal metastases occur?

1 Department of Genitourinary Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India
2 Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India

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T B Yuvaraja
Department of Genitourinary Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.33735

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Inguinal nodal metastasis is the single most important prognostic factor for survival in a patient with carcinoma penis. In patients without inguinal lymph nodal metastasis at presentation, options include close surveillance or prophylactic inguinal lymph nodal dissection. The majority of patients on surveillance who develop inguinal nodal metastases do so within two to three years of treatment of the primary. Here we report a case who developed inguinal nodal metastasis 10 years after the treatment of primary. This raises questions about the natural history and biology of the disease, the optimum surveillance and whether a patient of carcinoma penis can ever be considered risk-free for metastasis.

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