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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is bowenoid papulosis?

Bowenoid papulosis is a rare, sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women. It is thought to be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16. People often present with raised pigmented lesions or papules, commonly in the genital area. Transformation into invasive cancer occurs rarely, in less than 1% of cases.

Symptoms of bowenoid papulosis

  • Multiple areas of skin redness or red spots

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for bowenoid papulosis

  • Do you have multiple red areas or spots on your skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots?

Treatment for bowenoid papulosis

Some cases may resolve, heal by themselves and only require monitoring by a doctor. Sexual activity should be limited to prevent infection spread. Much like genital warts, if it does not resolve on its own, treatment may involve cryotherapy (freezing the cells), laser, or electrosurgery.

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  • Red skin

References

  • Chamli A, Zaouak A. Bowenoid Papulosis. 2021 Sep 14. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–. PMID: 30969709.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK539887/

  • Schwartz RA, Janniger CK. Bowenoid papulosis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1991 Feb;24(2 Pt 1):261-4. doi: 10.1016/0190-9622(91)70039-5. PMID: 1848870.

    https://www.jaad.org/article/0190-9622(91)70039-5/pdf

  • McCalmont TH. Whither bowenoid papulosis? J Cutan Pathol. 2013 Feb;40(2):209-10. doi: 10.1111/cup.12083. PMID: 23336842.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cup.12083

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Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

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Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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