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Baik, Kim, and Lim: Malakoplakia in the Urinary Bladder


Malakoplakia is a rare chronic granulomatous disease, which was originally described in the urinary bladder, but can involve many other organs and soft tissues. Malakoplakia is often associated with immunosuppression or immunodeficiency and is believed to be caused by an alternation in the bacterial phagocytic system. Histologically, the presence of Michaelis-Gutmann bodies is pathognomonic. We report on a case of malakoplakia of the bladder in a 62-year-old female.


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Fig. 1.
Cystourethroscopy revealed multiple, soft, yellow plaques on the entire wall of the bladder.
Fig. 2.
Michaelis-Gutmann body (arrows) (×400).
Fig. 3.
Cystourethroscopy still revealed the presence of yellow mucosal lesions but their number and size was decreased.
Fig. 4.
No lesions were seen on a cystourethroscopy.
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