Bowenoid papulosis


Benign reddish-brown papules occurring primary in the genetalia believed to be viral in origin.


* Red warty bump on genitals * Brown warty bump on genitals * Flesh-colored warty bump on genitals


HPV, particularly HPV 16, has been linked closely to bowenoid papulosis. Other HPV types implicated include 18, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 39, 42, 48, 51, 52, 53, and 54. Consequently, the risk of acquiring bowenoid papulosis is identical to that for other genital HPV-associated conditions via sexual contact or, possibly, via vertical transmission from mother to newborn.


the condition usually resolves itself with time but they should be regularly checked due to the risk of malignancy


Because Bowenoid papulosis usually runs a benign course with many cases spontaneously regressing, treatment is often unnecessary. Lesions should be re-examined every 3 to 6 months so that any changes may be picked up early. If the lesions are persistent, treatment of Bowenoid papulosis is the same as for genital warts. This is usually destruction of the lesions via several medical and/or surgical procedures (see Genital warts: treatment). Regular checks are necessary after treatment to ensure the condition has completely resolved.