Pediatric Penile Lesions

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.

Expanded overview

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.


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

  • Infectious — Human papillomavirus virus (HPV) or other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Inflammatory — Contact dermatitis and other rashes
  • Neoplastic — Cancerous growths
  • Traumatic — Sports-related injuries or other traumatic incidents


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


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)

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