Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Infected Head of the Penis Evaluation

The evaluation of balanitis is based on a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in males with balanitis include:

  • Sticky coating over the head of the penis
  • Redness and tenderness to the head of the penis
  • Swelling of the head of the penis

Findings on exam can confirm the diagnosis. Usually, tests for balanitis are not necessary.

Tests that may be used to evaluate balanitis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Infected Head of the Penis References
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