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How is balanitis diagnosed?

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In most cases, your doctor can diagnose balanitis based on the symptoms you describe to him. He may run these tests to be sure, such as:

  • Serum glucose test (to screen for diabetes)
  • Lab tests of any discharge
  • Tests to see if you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Tests for the medical conditions that cause balanitis

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: “Plasma Cell Balanitis (Zoon's Balanitis),” “Buried penis in adults - Presentation, Surgical Techniques and Outcome.”

Medscape: “Balanitis.”

Johnsson, K., , 2013. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications

Lisboa, C. , 2009. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Balanitis.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 22, 2019

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: “Plasma Cell Balanitis (Zoon's Balanitis),” “Buried penis in adults - Presentation, Surgical Techniques and Outcome.”

Medscape: “Balanitis.”

Johnsson, K., , 2013. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications

Lisboa, C. , 2009. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Balanitis.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 22, 2019

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