When I was a child I went to my PC physician who informed my mom that I have active sweat glands...sebaceous, etc.... I was roughly 10-12 at the time....my PC retired...Fast forward to age 19.
I went to the college health service at a university in the STATE of Arizona, because I noticed flat raised flesh to reddish colored spots on my penile shaft. The physician asked me about my sexual history...and at that time I was having sex atleast 3 times a week with many different co-eds. So, he concluded that I had genital warts and that I should stop having sex, or atleast inform my partners of my condition because this condition may cause increased risk of uterine cancer in certain high risk strains. The physician was quite mean to me...probably because I was getting more than he was...(he was a younger guy). Anyway, Dumb-founded by the diagnosis and having a science background I decided to try and develop a differential diagnosis. I pretty much didn't conclude much that it could be genital warts...since I couldn't track down every partner I had ever been with and asking those that I did would scare them off. So, I waited it out...Fast forward about 5 years
I am married and have to get a physical for entrance into dental school. The primary care physician takes one look at my penis and says...You have genital warts....I tell him my ASU story and I say that I don't agree. He asks if I have ever been molested as a child...I say no. He asks me why I don't agree...and I say because it doesn't respond to Acetic Acid, the epidermis seems to still be intact, and my first Primary care physician told me that possible sebacecous cysts...etc... he tells me to see a dermatologist. I move out of state to go to dental school and forget to go to the Derm doctor.
A couple years later in Dental School, my wife has an ASCUS, for those who don't know its an abnormal cell differentiation from scrapings during a pap-smear...could be caused HPV. I go to an older dermatologist where he takes a look and says he doesn't think its HPV because of the structure of the epidermis looks in tact...(histology pays off) and that the growths tend to be a sweat gland tumor. I get biopsied....(Not as bad as you think -- your penis has a lot less nerve endings in the shaft as say a finger tip).....I get my results. THE OLD DOCTORS ARE CORRECT....
Syringoma: A benign tumor of eccrine sweat glands, usually seen in or around the eye as first manifestation. I am so relieved.
I want people to
1.) Get tested right away, biopsies are the only way to difinitively tell what you have.
2.) Biopsies aren't that bad
3.) Don't wait...the longer you wait the worse a disease may progress and the better you may feel if it is wrong
4.) Syringoma is not included as a possible diagnosis for the wrong diagnosis of genital warts.
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