Erythroplasia of Queyrat
Erythroplasia of Queyrat is an early form of skin cancer found on the penis . The cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma in situ.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The condition is most often seen in men who have not been circumcised . It is linked to the human papilloma virus (HPV).
The main symptoms are a red rash and irritation on the tip of the penis.
Signs and tests
The health care provider will examine the penis to diagnose the condtion.
Treatment may include:
- Skin creams such as imiquimod or 5-fluorouracil. These creams are used for several weeks to months
- Anti-inflammatory (steroid) creams, if other medicines do not work
If skin creams do not work, your doctor may recommend other treatments such as:
- Mohs micrographic surgery
- Laser surgery
- Freezing the cancer cells (cryotherapy )
- Scraping away cancer cells and using electricity to kill any that remain (curettage and electrodesiccation)
Calling your health care provider
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Cobb CW, Lawrence N. Bowen's disease and erythroplasia of Querat. n: Lebwohl MG, Heymann WR, Berth-Jones J, Coulson I, eds.. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009.