Pediatric Penile Lesions

A penial lesion describes any injury, infection or abnormality of the penis, and could be a result of any number of conditions.

What is Pediatric Penile Lesions?

A lesion is a broad term to describe a change in tissue, including infections or injuries. A penial lesion can occur at any age and be the result of any number of conditions.

What are the different types of Pediatric Penile Lesions?

There are four types of penile lesions: infectious, inflammatory (noninfectious), neoplastic and traumatic lesions. Examples include:


Human papillomavirus virus (HPV) or other sexually transmitted diseases.


Contact dermatitis and other rashes.


Cancerous growths


Sports-related injuries or other traumatic incidents.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Penile Lesions?

The main symptoms of general penile lesions are visible wounds and abnormalities. Other symptoms are associated with the condition that caused the lesions and include:

  • Bug bites (scabies)
  • Bruising (injuries)
  • Fever (infections)
  • Itching (eczema, bacterial and fungal infections)
  • Lump or mass (neoplastic, cancer)
  • Pain in penis and scrotum region
  • Painful urination (sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Rash (eczema, infections, sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Tight foreskin (phimosis)

What are the causes of Pediatric Penile Lesions?

Some of the most common causes of penile lesions include:

  • Bacterial and fungal infections (like dermatophytosis, also known as “jock itch”)
  • Eczema
  • Injury to groin region
  • Non-specific infections (unknown causes)
  • Phimosis (tight foreskin can't be pulled back over the penis tip)
  • Scabies (tiny bugs)
  • Scratching open a rash (chicken pox, eczema, poison ivy, etc.)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

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