Two cases of malakoplakia of the prostate are documented, bringing the total described in the world literature to 15. This literature is reviewed, and typical features of the condition are established. The majority of the cases have had proven previous episodes of Escherichia coli infection of the urinary tract, but bacilliform organisms have yet to be demonstrated in the diseased prostatic tissue. Five of the reported cases have also had important additional disease, including three instances of malignant lung tumour. Finally, it is emphasised that recognition of prostatic malakoplakia as an entity will prevent its confusion with prostatic carcinoma.
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