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J Clin Pathol doi:10.1136/jcp.2008.063149

HPV prevalence and type distribution in penile carcinoma

  1. Carles Miralles-Guri (cmiralles{at}iconcologia.net)
  1. Unit of Infections and Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Research Programme. Institut Català d' Onc, Spain
    1. Laia Bruni (lbruni{at}iconcologia.net)
    1. Unit of Infections and Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Research Programme. Institut Català d' Onc, Spain
      1. Antonio Cubilla (acubilla{at}institutodepatologia.com.py)
      1. Pathology, Instituto de Patologia e Investigación, Asunción, Paraguay, Paraguay
        1. Xavier Castellsague (xcastellsague{at}iconcologia.net)
        1. Unit of Infections and Cancer.Cancer Epid. Research Prog. Institut Català d' Oncologia. CIBER, Spain
          1. Francesc Xavier Bosch (x.bosch{at}iconcologia.net)
          1. Unit of Infections and Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Research Programme. Institut Català d' Onc, Spain
            1. Silvia De Sanjose (s.sanjose{at}iconcologia.net)
            1. Unit of Infections and Cancer.Cancer Epid. Research Prog. Institut Català d' Oncologia. CIBER, Spain
              • Published Online First 25 August 2009

              Abstract

              Aim: Penile carcinoma is an uncommon and potentially mutilating disease with a heterogeneous etiology. Several risk factors have been established for its development. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection seems to play an important role in the development of a subset of these carcinomas and its presence is thought to be related to the histological type. HPV prevalence in penile tumours is reported to be associated to a variety of morphological changes. Its determination will provide a better estimate for HPV related cancer burden and its preventable fraction. Results of a systematic literature review of the HPV prevalence among different histological types of penile carcinomas are presented.

              Methods: A systematic and comprehensive literature review of the major penile cancer studies published from 1986 until June 2008 evaluating the HPV prevalence among the different histological types was carried out.

              Results: 31 studies including 1466 penile carcinoma samples were reviewed. Global HPV prevalence was 46.9%. HPV-16 relative contribution was of 60.23%, HPV-18 (13.35%), HPV 6/11 (8.13%), HPV-31 (1.16%), HPV-45 (1.16%), HPV-33 (0.97%), HPV-52 (0.58%), and other types (2.47%). Assessment of multiple infections contribution is limited due to study design. Basaloid and warty squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) were the most HPV-related histological types, but keratinizing and non-keratinizing subtypes also showed prevalence rates of around 50%.

              Conclusions: About half of the penile tumours were associated to HPV 16/18 with little presence of other genotypes. Research on the mechanisms behind penile carcinogenesis is warranted. Available HPV vaccines are likely to be effective in penile tumours.


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