Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans and Its Differential Diagnosis

Isaac M. Neuhaus, and Robert A. Skidmore, MD,


J Am Board Fam Med. 1999;12(6) 

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We describe a case of balanitis xerotica obliterans in a 26-year-old man. The clinical findings of balanitis xerotica obliterans can provide for a differential diagnosis to include infectious, rheumatic, reactive and neoplastic etiologies. A discussion of the history, symptoms, physical examination, and laboratory elements that aid in diagnosis is presented. Treatment options and preventive measures are addressed. MEDLINE was searched from 1983-1998 using key words balanitis, lichen, and sclerosis.


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