Angiokeratoma

Angiokeratoma Over The Scrotum

Angiokeratomas are non-cancerous skin conditions caused by abnormal dilation of capillaries, with some resultant thickening over the overlying skin. When angiokeratomas happen over the scrotum, it forms a very common condition in men, known as Angiokeratoma of Fordyce

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How common is Angiokeratoma?

It is estimated that around 0.16% of the population has angiokeratomas of fordyce. This condition happens predominantly in males, and increases in frequency with age.

Angiokeratoma of Fordyce

Angiokeratomas of Fordyce presents as multiple nodules of varying size, from 2mm to 5mm over both sides of the scrotum.

They come in multiple colourations, from red, blue to bluish-black. The majority of patients with this condition do not have symptoms, but some patients experience pain, irritation, burning sensation, itch.

Angiokeratoma

Is it a sexually transmitted disease, like genital warts?

No, it is not.

Complications

Angiokeratomas are cosmetically unsightly and can be a source of embarrassment. Sometimes, angiokeratomas can bleed after scratching or sexual intercourse as well.  These nodules are otherwise benign and non-cancerous. However, they do not disappear spontaneously and can even increase with age. 

Treatment

The majority of patients with angiokeratomas do not require treatment. However, if treatment is desired for cosmetic reasons, the options include: Cryotherapy, Electrosurgery, Laser Treatment and even surgery.

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