Extramammary Paget's disease of the perianal region

H. Tulchinsky*, O. Zmora, E. Brazowski, G. Goldman, M. Rabau

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Objective. Perianal Paget's discase (PPD) is a rare entity. The standard treatment for either in situ or invasive extra mammary Paget's disease (EMPD) is surgical excision. Local recurrence and morbidity from surgery, especially in the elderly, can, however, be high. The aim of this article is to review our experience with PPD and question the currently preferred treatment approaches in light of its histopathology and therapeutic outcome. Patients and methods. A chart review of our patients with PPD from 1996 to 2002 was carried out to determine their outcome after treatment. Data from review of the literature are presented. Results. Five patients with in situ disease (four females, median age 68 years) were diagnosed as having PPD. A complete surgical excision was attempted in 4 patients and the fifth was treated by photodynamic therapy. At present, all patients are alive, two are free of disease, one has persistent disease and two have local recurrence. Conclusion. Considering the significant rate of recurrence even after wide local excision, the extent of surgery needed and the good prognosis with long-term survival, we question whether nonsurgical modalities should be considered in place of surgery as primary treatment for noninvasive PPD, with radical surgery being reserved for failures or invasive disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-209
Number of pages4
JournalColorectal Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2004


  • Extramammary
  • Paget's disease
  • Perianal


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