Warts (genital)


External genital warts (EGWs) are benign epidermal growths on the external anogenital regions. There are four morphological types: condylomatous, keratotic, papular, and flat warts. EGWs are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Diagnosis: Most EGWs are diagnosed by inspection. Some clinicians apply 5% acetic acid (white vinegar) to help visualise lesions, because it produces so-called "acetowhite" change and, more importantly, defines vascular patterns characteristic for EGWs. However, the "acetowhite" change also occurs with conditions other than EGWs, so differential diagnoses should be considered. Some lesions, particularly those that are pigmented, should be biopsied to rule out severe dysplasia or melanoma.

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5-FU for genital warts in non-immunocompromised individuals. ( 18 September 2014 )

Male circumcision and human papillomavirus infection in men: a systematic review and meta-analysis. ( 18 September 2014 )