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Pearly Penile Papules Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
 
Updated: Apr 05, 2016
 
 

Diagnostic Considerations

Also consider condyloma acuminatum,[7] ectopic sebaceous glands, and primary syphilis.[8]

Differential Diagnoses

 
 
Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD Chief Executive Officer, University Dermatology

Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: American Medical Association, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society, Chicago Dermatological Society, Illinois Dermatological Society, American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Lester F Libow, MD Dermatopathologist, South Texas Dermatopathology Laboratory

Lester F Libow, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, Texas Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

William D James, MD Paul R Gross Professor of Dermatology, Vice-Chairman, Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

William D James, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Pearly penile papules are seen clinically as multiple, glistening, flesh-colored, dome-topped papules arranged circumferentially in 2 rows along the corona of the glans penis.
Pearly penile papules. Courtesy of Wiki Commons
Pearly penile papules; close-up view. Courtesy of Wiki Commons.
 
 
 
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