Benign lesions / conditions
Urethral polyps

Authors: Monika Roychowdhury, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 8 August 2016, last major update July 2012

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PubMed search: prostatic urethral polyps
Cite this page: Urethral polyps. website. Accessed November 18th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Common cause of hematuria in young adults
  • Benign, although prostatic adenocarcinoma can also present as a urethral polyp (Pathology 2007;39:476)
  • Transurethral fulguration
Gross description
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Tall columnar cells of prostatic origin, may have nephrogenic (adenomatoid) appearance
  • May coexist with carcinoma
  • Papillary projections often contain prostatic stroma and glands
  • Broad fingerlike projections differ from delicate fibrovascular cores of papillary urothelial carcinoma
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Cytology description
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Positive stains
  • PSA, PAP
Differential diagnosis
  • Villous polyps: dysplastic epithelium resembles colonic adenomas, are actually papillary prostatic duct adenocarcinomas