Balanitis Workup

Updated: Aug 24, 2017
  • Author: Mark J Leber, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Laboratory Studies

Laboratory studies for uncomplicated balanitis are not typically necessary but may include the following, when clinically appropriate:

  • Serum glucose test (as part diabetes screening)
  • Culture of discharge
  • Syphilis serology test
  • Wet mount
  • Potassium hydroxide (for Candida)
  • HIV and human papilloma virus titers in selected cases

Imaging Studies

Ultrasonography or bladder scan is used to detect urinary obstruction in severe balanitis.