Pearly penile papules                

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pearly penile papules
What are pearly penile papules?
Pearly penile papules are very common, benign growths of the skin typically located on the corona of the glans penis. The small dome-shaped pearly lesions are arranged all the way around the glans, in one ore several rows.
Around one in four men have them. In older age they become less apparent.

Symptoms of pearly penile papules

Pearly penile papules do not cause any symptoms.

What is the cause?

Pearly penile papules are completely benign and are regarded as a normal anatomic variant.
Pearly penile papules are (unlike genital warts) not due to viral infection.


Because pearly penile papules are completely benign treatment is not necessary.
Treatment is possible, however. Pearly penile papules can be vaporised by carbon dioxide laser or electrosurgery. This treatment may result in a complete clearance of the lesions but it should be noted that local scarring is possible.

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