What are pearly penile papules (PPP)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Pearly penile papules are small dome-shaped to filiform skin-colored papules that typically are located on the sulcus or corona of the glans penis. Commonly, pearly penile papules are arranged circumferentially in one or several rows and often are assumed wrongly to be transmitted sexually. Pearly penile papules are considered to be a normal variant and are unrelated to sexual activity. Often, lesions cause great anxiety to patients until their benign nature is clarified.

See the images below.

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Pearly penile papules; close-up view. Courtesy of Pearly penile papules; close-up view. Courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Also see the two related Medscape articles, Dermatologic Diseases of the Male Genitalia: Malignant and Dermatologic Diseases of the Male Genitalia: Nonmalignant.


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