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Case Reports in Urology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 471385, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/471385
Case Report

Dystrophic Calcification of the Prostate after Cryotherapy

Cedars-Sinai Urology Academic Practice, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8635 West 3rd Street, Suite 1070, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA

Received 12 September 2014; Revised 21 November 2014; Accepted 22 November 2014; Published 7 December 2014

Academic Editor: Elijah O. Kehinde

Copyright © 2014 Christopher Dru and Leon Bender. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We present a previously undocumented complication of dystrophic calcification of the prostate after cryotherapy. An 87-year-old male presented with recurrent lower urinary tract infections and was found to have an obstructing large calcified mass in the right lobe of the prostate. Subsequently, he underwent transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and bladder neck with laser lithotripsy to remove the calculus. We propose that chronic inflammation and necrosis of the prostate from cryotherapy resulted in dystrophic calcification of the prostate. As the use of cryotherapy for the treatment of localized prostate cancer continues to increase, it is important that clinicians be aware of this scenario and the technical challenges it poses.