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October 1970

Kaposi's Sarcoma Localized to the Penis

Author Affiliations

Miami, Fla

From the Miami (Fla) Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Department of Dermatology, University of Miami (Fla) School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1970;102(4):461-462. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000100109023

Kaposi's sarcoma, a vascular tumor of multifocal origin, occurs primarily in skin of the feet and hands, but may also involve the viscera. Kaposi's sarcoma limited to the penis is exceedingly rare.1,2

Report of a Case  A 50-year old circumcised black man came to the dermatology clinic because of multiple nodules on the penis of three-months' duration. There was no history of skin or genitourinary disease. Results of physical examination were normal except for the penis. There was massive edema of the distal one third of the shaft. Several 0.5- to 1.0-cm purple nodules with a crusted surface were located in the coronal sulcus and on the glans (Fig 1). The clinical diagnosis of all examiners was squamous cell carcinoma. One nodule was excised in order to confirm the diagnosis.

Pathology  The tumor consisted of large aggregates of spindle-shaped cells at all levels of the dermis. The spindle cells

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