Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Case report
Pigs in a blanket: an unusual presentation of malignant ascites in prostatic adenocarcinoma
  1. Shabnam Samankan1,
  2. Mehran Taherian1,
  3. Maryam Aghighi2 and
  4. David Crossland3
  1. 1 Pathology, University at Buffalo - The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA
  2. 2 Pathology, RWJBarnabas Health, West Orange, New Jersey, USA
  3. 3 Pathology, Buffalo VA Medical Center, Buffalo, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shabnam Samankan; shabi.smk{at}


Malignant ascites in prostatic acinar adenocarcinoma is very rare. We present an 84-year-old man with a rare malignant ascites due to prostatic adenocarcinoma demonstrating hepatoid differentiation by immunohistochemistry. The patient was diagnosed with the malignant ascites due to metastatic prostatic adenocarcinoma. We identified the unique cytological feature of envelopment of tumour cell clusters by benign mesothelial monolayers.

  • prostate cancer
  • hepatic cancer
View Full Text

Statistics from


  • Twitter @SamankanMD, @mtaherian616

  • Contributors Conception and design: SS and DC. Analysis and interpretation of results: SS, DC and MT. Drafting of the article: SS, MT and MA. Involved in patients management: SS and DC. Critical revision of the article for intellectual content: SS and DC. All the authors approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.