CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2023; 13(01): 134-136
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1744440
Case Report

Penile Ulcer as the Unusual Initial Presentation of Nasal NK/T Cell Lymphoma

1   Department of Pathology, KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
Usha Amirtham
2   Department of Pathology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
M. C. Suresh Babu
3   Department of Medical Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Shivalingaiah Maregowda
4   Department of Urology, Institute of Nephrology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Pramod Adiga
5   Department of Urology, Institute of Nephrology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
C. Ramachandra
6   Department of Surgical Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Extranodal natural killer (NK)/T cell lymphoma is a highly aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma that predominantly affects the upper aerodigestive tract. The nasal type accounts for ∼80% of cases of NK/T cell lymphomas. In advanced stages, the disease can disseminate to various sites such as skin, testis, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, and soft tissue. NK/T cell lymphoma presenting as lesion in penis is extremely rare. While reviewing the published literature, we found only three reported cases of NK/T cell lymphoma involving the penis. Among them, none was primary NK/T cell lymphoma of penis. We report a 60-year-old NK/T cell lymphoma patient who presented with destructive penile ulcer as the initial presenting symptom, who subsequently was found to have a nasal mass also with features of NK/T cell lymphoma. He underwent partial penectomy elsewhere and chemotherapy with steroid, methotrexate, ifosfamide, L-asparaginase, and etoposide protocol was given.

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Article published online:
09 June 2022

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