Case of malignant priapism and review of the literature.
Journal - Med Health R I (United States )
Malignant priapism, or priapism secondary to locally invasive or metastatic cancer, is a rarely reported phenomenon with a very poor prognosis. We report on a case of malignant priapism secondary to metastasis of urothelial carcinoma of the bladder in a 73 year old gentleman who underwent a radical cystectomy with negative margins but positive nodal disease three months prior to presentation. The rapid progression of disease and resultant demise of this patient is unusual even when compared to the limited available literature. Rapid progression to muscle invasion despite intravesical immunotherapy, histologic involvement of the prostate and seminal vesicles with extensive lymphovascular invasion, and the rapid development of metastasis are all consistent with the aggressive nature of a cancer that has metastasized to the penis. Further, while conservative penile sparing therapy may be a goal in patients with limited life expectancy, ongoing pain and infectious concerns may force the physician to resort to a penectomy.