What is Bowen disease?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Bowen disease is considered a synonym for squamous cell carcinoma in situ. In contrast, bowenoid papulosis is a term used when histologic changes of squamous cell carcinoma are found within genital warts. The term bowenoid papulosis, and not Bowen disease or squamous cell in situ, for these cases is generally preferred since the papules typically follow a benign course. In bowenoid papulosis, itching is a common symptom. With vulvar involvement, the labia majora tend to be involved more than the labia minora. The lesions are scaly, crusted, erythematous plaques and may be secondary to an infection with HPV-16 or 18. [20]

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