Balanitis plasmacellularis

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Balanitis plasmacellularis
Plasmacytosis mucosae -- high mag.jpg
Micrograph of plasmacytosis mucosae. H&E stain.

Balanitis plasmacellularis (also known as "Balanoposthitis chronica circumscripta plasmacellularis," "Balanitis circumscripta plasmacellularis,"[1] "Plasma cell balanitis," "Plasma cell vulvitis," "Vulvitis circumscripta plasmacellularis," "Zoon's balanitis," "Zoon's erythroplasia," and "Zoon's vulvitis") is a cutaneous condition characterized by a benign inflammatory skin lesion characterized histologically by a plasma cell infiltrate.[2]:657[3]

A similar condition has been described in women (i.e. "Zoon's vulvitis"),[4] although its existence is controversial due to the possibility of diagnostic error in many of the cases that have been reported in the medical literature.[3]

It is named for J.J. Zoon, who characterized it in 1952.[5]

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  1. ^ Davis DA, Cohen PR (February 1995). "Balanitis circumscripta plasmacellularis". J. Urol. 153 (2): 424–6. doi:10.1097/00005392-199502000-00043. PMID 7815607. 
  2. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0. 
  3. ^ a b Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. pp. Chapter 72. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
  4. ^ Neri I, Patrizi A, Marzaduri S, Marini R, Negosanti M (October 1995). "Vulvitis plasmacellularis: two new cases". Genitourin Med. 71 (5): 311–3. doi:10.1136/sti.71.5.311. PMC 1195548Freely accessible. PMID 7490049. 
  5. ^ Zoon JJ (1952). "[Chronic benign circumscript plasmocytic balanoposthitis.]". Dermatologica. 105 (1): 1–7. PMID 12979576. 

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