*Common skin condition affecting the penis
*Normal skin variant, which is harmless
*Consists of small bumps which may be threadlike or domed and skin colored, forming under the ridge of the glans
Pearly penile papules are a common skin condition which affects the penis. The condition consists of small, threadlike or domed bumps, which are skin colored and form under the ridge of the glans in rows. The condition is not accompanied by other symptoms.
Pearly penile papules develop in up to 50% of men, and are far more common in those men who are uncircumcised. Lesions tend to fade as the affected person ages, and are completely benign.
Differential Diagnosis (Other conditions with similar appearance)
*Diagnosis based on characteristic appearance of the affected area
*Other testing is not typically required
Pearly penile papules are diagnosed based on the characteristic appearance of the affected area. Other testing is not typically required, as they are easily differentiated from other conditions.
*Treatment is not required as the condition is benign
*If treatment is desired for cosmetic reasons, several options exist
Pearly penile papules do not require treatment, as the condition is neither harmful nor infectious. If treatment is desired for cosmetic reasons, health care professionals may recommended laser therapies or electrosurgery, though these procedures may cause scarring.