Penile Lesions

In male patients, genital lesions mostly appear at or around the penis. A penis lesion is any sort of wound, ulcer, or spot that appears on the penis.

What are penile lesions?

Most will look somewhat red or scaly, and they may also cause pain or itching. There are a number of reasons why men develop lesions on this part of their body, but sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are some of the most common.

A common forms of penile skin lesions are genital warts. Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) the warts appear as flat or raised, more often as cauliflower-like genital lesions on the penile shaft or the pubic area. Genital warts often appear on the penis and especially underneath the foreskin. They can also be situated in the urethra

(the urinary pipe) and may be visible poking out of it, and can also appear in the area around the anus.

One of the most benign and most harmless types of penile lesions are pearly penile papules. Pearly penile papules. Pearly penile papules are small lesions that can be filiform or dome-shaped and they usually appear on the tip of the penis.

Benign lesions or lumps on the penis may be surgically excised for cosmetic reasons or because they are causing discomfort.

There are a number of reasons why men develop lesions on this part of their body, but sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are some of the most common.

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Diagnosis

Treatment

Upon evaluation and the right diagnosis, the treatment options include topical medications and genital lesion destruction and removal.

If you have unusual growth(s) on or around your penis, your BUA consultant will physically examine you and may recommend taking a biopsy (sample) for analysis in a pathology lab. A biopsy is a procedure to remove and examine a sample of tissue from a lump or lesion. During excisional biopsy a, small tissue sample is removed. If the area under examination is small enough, the whole of it may be removed and the sample is sent to the laboratory so that it can be tested.

Benign lesions or lumps on the penis may be surgically excised for cosmetic reasons or because they are causing discomfort. Your BUA consultant may recommend excising (totally removing) the lesion, which will be sent to the lab for analysis.

A small lesion can be removed under local anaesthetic in the BUA minor procedures suite. These procedures are usually performed under local anaesthetic on an outpatient basis meaning you will be able to go home shortly after the procedure.

If you would like more information or to book a consultation with one of our experts, please call the BUA and as to speak with our Patient Coordinator and team who will be happy to help 0117 980 4118