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Normal variants in patients consulted in the Dermatology Clinic for lesions of the male external genitalia.

Michajłowski I, Sobjanek M, Michajłowski J, Włodarkiewicz A, Matuszewski M - Cent European J Urol (2012)

Bottom Line: Other 'non-pathological' lesions were diagnosed in a considerably lower number of patients.In 32 patients (8% of all patients) the reason of admission to the Clinic was just the presence of some 'non-pathological' lesions.Normal variants represent a substantial percentage of generally asymptomatic lesions and the only indication for their removal is cosmetic discomfort or venerophobia.

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Affiliation: Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: So far there have been no papers analyzing the incidence of 'non-pathological' lesions or normal variants on the male external genitalia. Subsequently, the number of patients consulted due to the presence of such lesions remains unknown. The aim of the study was to estimate the incidence of normal variants in patients who were consulted due to lesions on the skin or mucosa of the male external genitalia.

Material and methods: The study group consisted of 400 males, aged 3-91, who were consulted due to lesions on the genitalia in the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology of the Medical University of Gdańsk.

Results: The most common lesions were hyperpigmentation of the median raphe of the penis and scrotum (85.6%), pearly penile papules (24%), and prominent veins (24%). Sebaceous hyperplasia or ectopic sebaceous glands were revealed in 9% of patients, respectively. Melanocytic nevi were diagnosed with similar frequency (9.5%), whereas skin tags more rarely (7%). Other 'non-pathological' lesions were diagnosed in a considerably lower number of patients. In 32 patients (8% of all patients) the reason of admission to the Clinic was just the presence of some 'non-pathological' lesions. Pearly penile papules were found to be the most common condition, occurring in 78.1% patients.

Conclusions: Normal variants represent a substantial percentage of generally asymptomatic lesions and the only indication for their removal is cosmetic discomfort or venerophobia.

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Hyperpigmented skin tags on the shaft of the penis.
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Figure 0010: Hyperpigmented skin tags on the shaft of the penis.

Mentions: In 28 patients, (7%) skin tags were found (Fig. 11). According to Banik et al. in a group of 750 males selected at random, skin tags were diagnosed in 46% cases [10]. The most common sites of genital skin tags in male include groins, sometimes scrotum, penile corpus and the corona of the glans. As a rule these lesions are asymptomatic. In some cases, contact with the underwear may result in a painful bleeding or predispose to bacterial superinfections. Treatment involves removal of the skin tags by means of electro- or cryosurgery [11].


Normal variants in patients consulted in the Dermatology Clinic for lesions of the male external genitalia.

Michajłowski I, Sobjanek M, Michajłowski J, Włodarkiewicz A, Matuszewski M - Cent European J Urol (2012)

Hyperpigmented skin tags on the shaft of the penis.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3921764&req=5

Figure 0010: Hyperpigmented skin tags on the shaft of the penis.
Mentions: In 28 patients, (7%) skin tags were found (Fig. 11). According to Banik et al. in a group of 750 males selected at random, skin tags were diagnosed in 46% cases [10]. The most common sites of genital skin tags in male include groins, sometimes scrotum, penile corpus and the corona of the glans. As a rule these lesions are asymptomatic. In some cases, contact with the underwear may result in a painful bleeding or predispose to bacterial superinfections. Treatment involves removal of the skin tags by means of electro- or cryosurgery [11].

Bottom Line: Other 'non-pathological' lesions were diagnosed in a considerably lower number of patients.In 32 patients (8% of all patients) the reason of admission to the Clinic was just the presence of some 'non-pathological' lesions.Normal variants represent a substantial percentage of generally asymptomatic lesions and the only indication for their removal is cosmetic discomfort or venerophobia.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: So far there have been no papers analyzing the incidence of 'non-pathological' lesions or normal variants on the male external genitalia. Subsequently, the number of patients consulted due to the presence of such lesions remains unknown. The aim of the study was to estimate the incidence of normal variants in patients who were consulted due to lesions on the skin or mucosa of the male external genitalia.

Material and methods: The study group consisted of 400 males, aged 3-91, who were consulted due to lesions on the genitalia in the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology of the Medical University of Gdańsk.

Results: The most common lesions were hyperpigmentation of the median raphe of the penis and scrotum (85.6%), pearly penile papules (24%), and prominent veins (24%). Sebaceous hyperplasia or ectopic sebaceous glands were revealed in 9% of patients, respectively. Melanocytic nevi were diagnosed with similar frequency (9.5%), whereas skin tags more rarely (7%). Other 'non-pathological' lesions were diagnosed in a considerably lower number of patients. In 32 patients (8% of all patients) the reason of admission to the Clinic was just the presence of some 'non-pathological' lesions. Pearly penile papules were found to be the most common condition, occurring in 78.1% patients.

Conclusions: Normal variants represent a substantial percentage of generally asymptomatic lesions and the only indication for their removal is cosmetic discomfort or venerophobia.

No MeSH data available.


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