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Penile cutaneous horn: An enigma-newer insights and perspectives.

Karthikeyan K - Indian J Sex Transm Dis (2015 Jan-Jun)

Bottom Line: Histopathology of the keratotic mass reveals nothing but keratin.The underlying mass may vary from verruca vulgaris to squamous cell carcinoma.The treatment is based on the pathology.

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Affiliation: Department of Dermatology and STD, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Madagadipet, Puducherry, India.

ABSTRACT
Cutaneous horn refers to unusually cohesive keratinized material and not a true pathologic diagnosis. Though cutaneous horn has been described at various sites, horn over the penis is very rare and represents the most unusual site. The role of chronic irritation, phimosis, surgical trauma and radiotherapy have been implicated in penile horn formation. Penile horns present as elongated, keratinous, white or yellowish projections that range from a few millimeters to centimeters in size arising from the glans penis. Histopathology of the keratotic mass reveals nothing but keratin. The underlying mass may vary from verruca vulgaris to squamous cell carcinoma. The treatment is based on the pathology.

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Mentions: Pathology of the cutaneous horn can be viewed in two parts. The keratotic mass reveals nothing but keratin [Figure 3]. It consists of closely agglutinated epidermic cells, forming small columns or rods. In the columns the cells are arranged concentrically. The base has hypertrophic papilla and some blood vessels.[12] They have their starting-point in the rete mucosum, either from that lying above the papilla or that lining the follicles and glands. These histological features are consistently seen in all cutaneous horns.


Penile cutaneous horn: An enigma-newer insights and perspectives.

Karthikeyan K - Indian J Sex Transm Dis (2015 Jan-Jun)

Keratinous mass overlying the epidermis (×40)
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Figure 3: Keratinous mass overlying the epidermis (×40)
Mentions: Pathology of the cutaneous horn can be viewed in two parts. The keratotic mass reveals nothing but keratin [Figure 3]. It consists of closely agglutinated epidermic cells, forming small columns or rods. In the columns the cells are arranged concentrically. The base has hypertrophic papilla and some blood vessels.[12] They have their starting-point in the rete mucosum, either from that lying above the papilla or that lining the follicles and glands. These histological features are consistently seen in all cutaneous horns.

Bottom Line: Histopathology of the keratotic mass reveals nothing but keratin.The underlying mass may vary from verruca vulgaris to squamous cell carcinoma.The treatment is based on the pathology.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Dermatology and STD, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Madagadipet, Puducherry, India.

ABSTRACT
Cutaneous horn refers to unusually cohesive keratinized material and not a true pathologic diagnosis. Though cutaneous horn has been described at various sites, horn over the penis is very rare and represents the most unusual site. The role of chronic irritation, phimosis, surgical trauma and radiotherapy have been implicated in penile horn formation. Penile horns present as elongated, keratinous, white or yellowish projections that range from a few millimeters to centimeters in size arising from the glans penis. Histopathology of the keratotic mass reveals nothing but keratin. The underlying mass may vary from verruca vulgaris to squamous cell carcinoma. The treatment is based on the pathology.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus