Iranian Journal of Dermatology

Vol. 19, No. 78, winter 2016
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Genital dermatoses in circumcised men: A cross-sectional study from Mashhad, Iran
Mohammad Javad Yazdanpanah, Hassan Ahmadnia, Fatemeh Livani, Mohammad Reza Shargi, Elham Vosoughi, Shahram Rahmani, Mohammad Taghi Shakeri

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Date Received: 2016 / May / 22 Date Revised: 2016 / May / 22 Date Accepted: 2016 / Aug / 02

Background: Knowledge of the frequency and distribution of dermatoses in the male genital area and the effect of circumcision on these two factors are helpful guides to a correct diagnosis. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of genital dermatoses in circumcised men.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was done on all circumcised men complaining about skin lesions in their genital area.
Results: Overall, 355 men with skin lesions in their genital area were enrolled in this study. All of them were circumcised for religious reasons. The mean age of the patients was 31.4±11.5 years. Most skin lesions were seen in the age group 20-29 years (152 cases, 42%). Genital warts were the most common disease (60 cases, 16.9%) followed by dermatitis (38 cases, 10.7%), lichen planus (36 cases, 10.1%), and scabies (36 cases, 10.1%). The most common site for genital lesions was the penile shaft (155 cases, 43.7%). Genital warts were more common on the pubic area, penile shaft, and penoscrotal and peno-pubic junction. We did not observe any cases of balanitis in our study.
Conclusions: Genital warts were the most common disease among our cases. Inflammatory dermatoses such as psoriasis and balanitis were less common in our population compared
with other studies.

Keywords: circumcision, dermatoses, male genitalia

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