What is the prognosis of condyloma acuminatum?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Delaram Ghadishah, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Many patients either fail to respond to treatment, or condyloma acuminatum recurs after adequate response.

Recurrence rate of cervical dysplasia in women is not altered by treatment of sexual partners.

Recurrence rates exceed 50% after 1 year and have been attributed to the following:

  • Repeat infection from sexual contact

  • Long incubation period of HPV

  • Location of virus in superficial skin layers away from lymphatics

  • Persistence of virus in surrounding skin, hair follicles, or sites not adequately reached by intervention used

  • Missed or deep lesions

  • Subclinical lesions

  • An underlying immunosuppression


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