What is the role of acetowhitening in the diagnosis of condyloma acuminatum?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Delaram Ghadishah, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Acetowhitening: Subclinical lesions can be visualized by wrapping penis with gauze soaked with 5% acetic acid for 5 minutes. Using a 10-X hand lens or colposcope, warts appear as tiny white papules. A shiny white appearance of skin represents foci of epithelial hyperplasia (subclinical infection).


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