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Zoon's balanitis: presentation of 15 patients, five treated with a carbon dioxide laser.
Int J Dermatol. 2003 Apr; 42(4):305-7.IJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Zoon's balanitis is a chronic erosive process of the penis. The lesions are refractory to conservative topical and some surgical therapy, and frequently require circumcision as a curative measure.

METHODS

Fifteen patients with a clinical and histopathologic diagnosis of Zoon's balanitis were studied between October 1991 and October 2001. Five were treated with a carbon dioxide laser.

RESULTS

The ages of the patients ranged from 36 to 69 years (average, 50.8 years). All the men were uncircumcised and presented with a discharge and erythematous lesions on the glans penis; the balanopreputial fold was affected in 10 patients and eight had a lesion on the internal surface of the prepuce. One patient was human immunodeficiency virus positive. Five were treated with a carbon dioxide laser. Two relapsed 1 and 3 years later, respectively, and the remaining three have been followed up for 2, 5, and 6 years, respectively, without relapse. One patient developed lichen sclerosus et atrophicus of the prepuce.

CONCLUSIONS

We have presented our case study of 15 patients with Zoon's balanitis, and emphasize the possible use of a carbon dioxide laser as an alternative therapy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Hospital General de Agudos Dr Cosme Argerich, Buenos Aires, Argentina. aretamar@intramed.net.arNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12694501

Citation

Retamar, Roberto Adrián, et al. "Zoon's Balanitis: Presentation of 15 Patients, Five Treated With a Carbon Dioxide Laser." International Journal of Dermatology, vol. 42, no. 4, 2003, pp. 305-7.
Retamar RA, Kien MC, Chouela EN. Zoon's balanitis: presentation of 15 patients, five treated with a carbon dioxide laser. Int J Dermatol. 2003;42(4):305-7.
Retamar, R. A., Kien, M. C., & Chouela, E. N. (2003). Zoon's balanitis: presentation of 15 patients, five treated with a carbon dioxide laser. International Journal of Dermatology, 42(4), 305-7.
Retamar RA, Kien MC, Chouela EN. Zoon's Balanitis: Presentation of 15 Patients, Five Treated With a Carbon Dioxide Laser. Int J Dermatol. 2003;42(4):305-7. PubMed PMID: 12694501.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Zoon's balanitis: presentation of 15 patients, five treated with a carbon dioxide laser. AU - Retamar,Roberto Adrián, AU - Kien,M C, AU - Chouela,E N, PY - 2003/4/16/pubmed PY - 2003/8/27/medline PY - 2003/4/16/entrez SP - 305 EP - 7 JF - International journal of dermatology JO - Int J Dermatol VL - 42 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: Zoon's balanitis is a chronic erosive process of the penis. The lesions are refractory to conservative topical and some surgical therapy, and frequently require circumcision as a curative measure. METHODS: Fifteen patients with a clinical and histopathologic diagnosis of Zoon's balanitis were studied between October 1991 and October 2001. Five were treated with a carbon dioxide laser. RESULTS: The ages of the patients ranged from 36 to 69 years (average, 50.8 years). All the men were uncircumcised and presented with a discharge and erythematous lesions on the glans penis; the balanopreputial fold was affected in 10 patients and eight had a lesion on the internal surface of the prepuce. One patient was human immunodeficiency virus positive. Five were treated with a carbon dioxide laser. Two relapsed 1 and 3 years later, respectively, and the remaining three have been followed up for 2, 5, and 6 years, respectively, without relapse. One patient developed lichen sclerosus et atrophicus of the prepuce. CONCLUSIONS: We have presented our case study of 15 patients with Zoon's balanitis, and emphasize the possible use of a carbon dioxide laser as an alternative therapy. SN - 0011-9059 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12694501/Zoon's_balanitis:_presentation_of_15_patients_five_treated_with_a_carbon_dioxide_laser_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0011-9059&date=2003&volume=42&issue=4&spage=305 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -