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Forum Name: Male Sexual Disorders

Question: Large penile lump

 kinkykoneko - Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:09 pm

Hello there. :) Recently, my boyfriend (who is 24) has developed a lump about the size of a large marble on the left side of his penis at the base near his testicles. We have been in a long-tern exclusive relationship, we have unprotected sex, and both of us have recently checked clean for STDs.

The lump itself is sort of squishy, and the skin around it is not inflamed, itchy, or anything of the sort. Normal skin, with this lump just sort of "there". He can press on it with only mild pain, but it can't be freely moved around, it's pretty rooted to where it is. The pain extends into the groin area, up to around his kidneys and lower back. It's been keeping him from sleeping, it gets so bad. He has no pain in his testicles at all. His semen seems to smell much stronger than usual, as well.

We were thinking this could possibly be a kidney stone that's gotten stuck, but we aren't sure. He's had a few ingrown hairs on his testicles, and had one recently that's just now starting to go away. Could this be a lymph node? Are there even lymph nodes in the penis? Any help would be greatly appreciated, he doesn't currently have medical insurance so we're left to our own devices. Thank you!
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:01 pm

User avatar Hello,

Most penile papules do not have a serious cause, but some are infectious and may lead to more serious conditions.

Infection of sweat glands or hair follicles present mainly ventral surface of the shaft of the penis and inguinal region. They are yellow/black or red nodules on the hair shafts in the inguinal region. Nodules are often on the scrotum and occasionally on the base of the shaft of the penis. They may contain pus in them. The hallmark is that they will have a hair arising from them that reveals their true nature.

If he developed this condition after you were evaluated for STDs then he should be re-evaluated just in case.

Molluscum contagiosum (an STD) forms dome-shaped papules, often with a central depression or plug. The hallmark of central umbilication appears in a quarter of the lesions. These papules can have a pedunculated gross appearance, and milky-white curd like material can be squeezed from the central umbilication.

Another type of STD are warts which present as skin-colored, pink or brown, papillary cauliflower-like lesions with a moist surface. Flat lesions can also occur.

Best regards,

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