Aggressive bladder carcinoma in an HIV-positive man with tetraplegia and neurogenic bladder

Justin O. Benabdallah, Clinton W. Collins, Laura R. Carucci, Kenneth E. Moores, David R. Gater, Adam P. Klausner

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Background/objective: Patients with neurogenic bladder secondary to spinal cord injury who are managed long term with an indwelling catheter are known to be at increased risk for transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. Immunosuppression is a known risk factor for malignancies that often are more aggressive than those seen in normal populations. Method: Case report and discussion of management recommendations. Results: We summarize the case of a 44-year-old HIV-positive C5-C6 incomplete tetraplegic male (date of injury 1980), who was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder and succumbed to disease within 6 months of diagnosis. The patient was a non-smoker who was never managed with an indwelling catheter. There has been no such case reported in the literature. Conclusions: HIV infection in the presence of a neurogenic bladder may carry an increased risk of aggressive bladder malignancy. More studies are warranted to determine whether routine annual screening with cystoscopy in all patients with HIV and neurogenic bladder is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-250
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology


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