24 May 2007 – Case of the Week #85
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Case of the Week #85
A 66 year old man had a prostate biopsy showing adenocarcinoma (Gleason 3+3) in 1 of 12 cores. He had a radical prostatectomy.
What is your diagnosis?
Bilateral seminal vesicle amyloidosis
Amyloidosis commonly occurs in the seminal vesicles of men. The incidence increases with age, reaching 21% in men age 75 years and older (Histopathology 1993;22:173, Am J Pathol 1983;110:64). At this site, it is usually a localized finding, and not part of a systemic process. Although immunohistochemistry often detects lactoferrin within the deposits (Ann Pathol 2004;24:236), a recent study suggests that the amyloid derives from semenogelin I, the major secretory product of the seminal vesicles (J Lab Clin Med 2005;145:187). Semenogelin I and II are mainly responsible for immediate gel formation of freshly ejaculated semen, and are degraded by the proteolytic action of prostate specific antigen/PSA (J Androl 1996;17:17, free full text)
The case contributor notes that trichrome is useful in detecting amyloid. It stains the amyloid a dusky gray, in sharp contrast to the strong blue staining of collagen. This is an alternate to Congo Red staining and polarization, which often does not work well.
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