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    What causes a nodule on the penile shaft?

Posted on Tue, 8 Aug 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I just noticed a tiny nodule on the side of my penile shaft this morning and I thought I should do some research to gather some info. I am 65 years old and in very good health. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks so much.
Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
a bit more information needed

Detailed Answer:

I can understand your concern. A tiny bump or nodule in that area can be many things, so a bit more information is needed to narrow down a possible cause.

Please let me know:

What color is it? Red, pink, white, flesh colored?
Is it hard to the touch?
Is it painful or painless?
What size is it?
Is it solitary or are there more accompanying ones around it (you've mentioned a tiny nodule, do you mean a group of tiny nodules or just a single one)?
Are you sexually active?
Do you have pain or burning upon urination?

Please provide this information so that I can be able to give you an opinion. However, even though there is a long list of causes for penile nodules, there are generally three possibilities, a cystic formation (harmless), a sexually transmitted disease (treatable) or an abnormal cell growth (tricky and needs immediate attention).

I hope this helps. I will be waiting for your answer to fill me in with further necessary details.

Wishing you good health and best wishes.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. Ornela Ademovi 7 hours later
i will answer in the sequence you asked:
Flesh colored
Palpable not hard and moves around
not painful
smaller than a bee bee
There are two one is smaller than the other
I am sexually active with my wife
No painful uriniation
Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi 8 hours later
Brief Answer:
Most probably a wart

Detailed Answer:

thank you for the additional information. It sounds a lot like a viral wart or molluscum contagious (another type of wart).
Another possibility that fits the description is a cyst, which are usually harmless.

In any case, I highly recommend you see a doctor and have it checked, because a picture or view is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately, these type of bumps, although very rarely, turn out to be something more serious and need proper attention the earliest possible.

I hope this helps.
Wishing you good health and all the best.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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