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What could be the cause for painless foreskin ulcer?

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painless foreskin unlcer for months,take antibiotics and do nothing(amoxicillin 500mg)
Posted Sat, 8 Feb 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
 
 
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 23 minutes later
Brief Answer: It could be syphilis Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. A painless skin ulcer persistent since months could be a chancre or syphilitic ulcer provided there was a sexual contact with affected person. So I would like to know If there is any history of sexual contact outside marriage. If yes, whether it was protected or unprotected If it was with a known partner or unknown partner. If partner has history of sexual contact with other persons any investigations done so far. Also attach an image of the ulcer as it would help me in diagnosing the disease. Hoping to hear from you soon. Take care
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Follow-up: What could be the cause for painless foreskin ulcer? 42 minutes later
send you a picture, remember is painless no other woman in my life painless foreskin unlcer for months,take antibiotics and do nothing(amoxicillin 500mg) no other woman in my life
 
 
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 29 hours later
Brief Answer: It could be syphilis chancre Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for uploading the image. I have gone through it and in my opinion it looks like a syphilitic chancre. A simple investigation like VDRL in dilution would confirm the same. If at all its not syphilitic chancre, then a biopsy may be required to rule out other unlikely possibilties like Zoon's balanitis or a malignancy etc Also I would like to know if you have any other skin lesions or may be small patches of hair loss etc. Hope this helped. Take care
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Follow-up: What could be the cause for painless foreskin ulcer? 4 hours later
No, I do not have any other skin lesions or small patches of hair loss. By the way on 1/22/14 I going to have a circumcicion.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 36 hours later
Brief Answer: Get VDRL done. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing back. I would advise that you get a VDRL done prior to circumcision. A simple test like VDRL could confirm or simply rule out syphilis altogether. If it comes back negative, as advised a biopsy should be done to rule out non infectious or a malignant cause. The biopsy can be taken during circumcision by your operating surgeon. Take care
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