Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnosis of genital warts due to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Failure to diagnosis genital warts correctly can result in considerable morbidity. Confusing condylomata lata for genital warts will miss the diagnosis of syphilis and will lead to inappropriate therapy. Confusing pearly penile papules or Fordyce spots with genital warts will result in unnecessary treatment and likely unwarranted psychosocial concern. Missing a diagnosis of verrucous carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma is likely to delay appropriate therapy and may lead to needless morbidity or even mortality.


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