Malignant Degeneration Within a Fibroepithelial Polyp of the Glans Penis: A Case Report and Literature Review

Published:September 17, 2012DOI:
      • A fibroepithelial polyp of the penis is a rare, underrecognized lesion first described by J.F. Fetsch. Since then, several cases have been reported in the literature.
      • Here we present a case of a 78-year-old man with a giant fibroepithelial polyp that originated from the glans penis. Our case is highly unusual compared with the previous literature, because, for the first time, we observed the development of squamous cell carcinoma from the epithelium of the polyp.
      • Therefore, we suggest that total excision and histopathologic evaluation should always be undertaken in all lesions that affect this region.


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