Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spots on the Scrotum

The answer to yesterday's Image Challenge was #2 - Fordyce's angiokeratomas.

Like many unusual medical names, the condition was first described by John Addison Fordyce in 1896.
These tiny blood vessels (capillaries) are under the superficial dermis and can be found on both men and women in the scrotum and vulva area.  They are painless and appear in the 2nd and third decade and may continue to appear as the person ages.

Fordyce's angiokeratomas should not be confused with warts, herpes or other conditions.  They are completely benign and require no treatment.

There are a number of chat rooms on-line where men are concerned about these lesions and want them removed by laser.  That can be an expensive and time consuming treatment and there is no guarantee that they will not recur. 

 The best treatment is awareness and acceptance that every body is varied and Fordyce angiokeratoma is just another appearance.

Thanks everyone for your guesses and great diagnostic acumen!

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