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May 1981

Sebaceous Carcinoma of the Penis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach. Dr Oppenheim is now with Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(5):306-307. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650050062024

Malignant neoplasms of sebaceous glands are rare. Most cases originate on the eyelids, where they develop from a modified sebaceous gland, the Meibomian gland.1 Only 73 cases of extrapalpebral sebaceous gland carcinoma have been reported. A patient had a sebaceous gland carcinoma of the penile shaft, which to my knowledge, is the first case reported for this particular site.

Report of a Case  A 77-year-old man with a slowly growing lesion on the dorsum of the shaft of his penis was seen by a urologist in April 1977. The lesion was present for eight months. Except for two brief episodes of bleeding, the lesion had been asymptomatic. Physical examination by the urologist disclosed a firm, discrete, light-brown, warty mass measuring 1.8 × 1.5 × 1.2 cm located on the dorsum of the distal portion of the circumsized penile shaft, 1.5 cm from the coronal margin. There was no tenderness, but there was a small area of ulceration with crust formation.

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