Pearly Penile Papules or Hirsuties Papillaris Genitalis Coronae Glandis

Pearly penile papules are very small globular growths on the ridge of the glans of the male genital organs. The condition is medically called Hirsuties coronae glandis or Hirsuties Papillaris Genitalis. It is a absolutely harmless condition, just a variation from normal.

They are found significantly more often on uncircumcised men and younger men. They have been found to regress with aging and with circumcision.

Appearance of Hirsuties Coronae Glandis

The papules appear as one or several rows of small, pearly, white, pink or flesh-colored, smooth, rounded bumps, which are situated around the corona or sulcus of the glans penis. They range in size from less than 1 mm to 3 mm.

Hirsuties coronae glandis is a common condition, which is estimated to be present in a quarter of adult men. Some men report that stimulation of these bumps contributes to their sexual pleasure. These bumps are not transmitted through sexual activity.

Sometimes they are believed to be the vestigial remnants of penile spines- the sensitive features found in the same location in other primates. However, such a relationship between the two is still uncertain.

Treatment of Hirsuties Papillaris Genitalis

Since these papules pose no risk to a male’s health or sex life, no treatment is actually required for hirsuties papillaris genitalis. Some men or their sexual partners may consider them aesthetically displeasing. There are several medical ways to remove them. All medical procedures always have some risk, it is desirable to let them be unless they are causing some trouble.

Modes of treatment of PPP

What Will Happen if Pearly Penile Papules Are Left Untreated ?

For a few months, the bumps go on increasing in number in one or more rows on the head of the penis. They then remain for a long period of time. Sometimes, after a period, the number of bumps decrease on their own. As the age advances, their number decreases.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Hirsuties Papillaris Genitalis Coronae Glandis or Pearly Penile Papules

  1. Frank

    I am considering removing Pearly Penile Papules by using CO2 laser. Is there any risk related to the sexual life functions such as erection, pleasure, etc. or other type of risks? May this procedure cause any damage to the nerves in the area of the treatment?

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      As per the available clinical data, there is no risk related to sexual life by using CO2 laser technique.

      There is a temporary phase of numbness. It may take around 7 to 12 days before you may resume normal sex life. There is no risk to the nerves in that area.

  2. Kerim

    I have this itchy reddish bumbs on my legs, more like rush and they starting to go up my body so I would like to know if it’s one of those one time harmless things or should I get worried?

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Do they look like rashes, or blisters, are they filled with fluid or solid, how big are they, how many, is the surrounding area red?