What Is Papillary Urothelial Carcinoma?

Last Editorial Review: 10/17/2017

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What is papillary urothelial carcinoma?

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Carcinoma is a medical term for cancer. Cancers are named for the location of their origin and their appearance. Urothelial cells are the cells that normally line the inner bladder.

Urothelial carcinoma is cancer of the inner bladder. Cancers can also be named for how they appear to grow. Urothelial carcinoma can either be flat in the bladder lining or protrude with growth toward the hollow center of the bladder (referred to as papillary). Therefore, papillary urothelial carcinoma is a cancer that begins in the bladder lining cells that forms little protrusions into the center of the bladder, rather than being flat.

To learn more, read our full medical article on bladder cancer signs, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis.

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