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Adenosquamous carcinoma

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PubMed Search: Adenosquamous carcinoma penis

Alcides Chaux, M.D.
Antonio L. Cubilla, M.D.
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Cite this page: Chaux A, Cubilla AL. Adenosquamous carcinoma. website. Accessed June 16th, 2024.
Definition / general
  • Mixed tumor composed of neoplastic squamous nests intermingled with areas of glandular differentiation
  • ICD-0: 8560 / 3
  • Most common is glans but extension to coronal sulcus and inner foreskin is also common
  • May originate in misplaced glandular cells in perimeatal region, in metaplastic goblet cells of foreskin mucosa or as aberrant differentiation of squamous epithelium
Clinical features
  • Local recurrence in up to 25% and inguinal nodal metastases in 43 - 50% of cases
  • Low mortality rate (0 - 14%)
Case reports
Gross description
  • Firm, gray-white and granular tumor
Gross images

AFIP images

Various images

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Squamous cell and glandular patterns, with squamous cell pattern usually predominating
  • Both components are usually discrete but mixtures can be found
  • Glands produce intraluminal and intracellular mucin
  • Frequent presence of penile intraepithelial neoplasia in adjacent mucosa
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Alcides Chaux, M.D. and Antonio Cubilla, M.D.
Nests and differentiation

Nests and differentiation

AFIP images

Infiltrating tumor
has squamous
and glandular

Glandular portion is CEA+

Cervix: poorly formed glands and squamous components (arrows)

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Cervix: malignant glandular (arrow) and squamous components (star)

Positive stains
  • CEA in glandular portion
  • p63 in squamous component
  • 34bE12 in both components
Differential diagnosis
  • Adenosquamous (mucoepidermoid) carcinoma of urethra: ventral in penis, restricted to periurethral tissue and corpus cavernosa
  • Littré gland adenocarcinoma: ventral in penis, restricted to periurethral tissue and corpus cavernosa
  • Metastatic disease: usually involves shaft, tumor emboli present (Int J Surg Pathol 2011;19:597)
  • Mucoepidermoid carcinoma: mixed tumor with mucin but no glandular or ductal structures
  • Pseudoglandular (acantholytic, adenoid) carcinoma: prominent acantholysis simulates glandular spaces but lining is composed of squamous epithelium; spaces contain necrotic debris and keratin, not mucin
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