Small cell carcinoma arising from the bulbar urethra: A case report and literature review

Prashanth Kanagarajah, Rajinikanth Ayyathurai, Umar Saleem, Murugesan Manoharan

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Primary neuroendocrine carcinomas of the genitourinary tract are rare and aggressive tumors carrying a bad prognosis. With squamous cell and transitional cell carcinoma being the most commonly reported urethral malignancies, primary small cell carcinoma (SCC) of the urethra is extremely rare. To date, only 5 cases have been reported in the literature. We present the first case of primary SCC occurring in the bulbar urethra in an 89-year-old male. We discuss the clinical, histological and immunohistochemical features of SCC of the urethra. Furthermore, we summarize the available literature and discuss the possible treatment options for this rare yet aggressive neoplasm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-479
Number of pages3
JournalUrologia Internationalis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012



  • Bulbar urethra
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Small cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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