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Signs of Lichen Sclerosus Affecting the Penis or Anus

Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus on the Anus

When lichen sclerosus develops around the anus, the discomfort can lead to constipation that is difficult to relieve. This is particularly common in children. It is important to note that the symptoms of lichen sclerosus in children may sometimes be confused with those of sexual abuse.

Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus on the Penis

Lichen sclerosus of the penis occurs almost exclusively in uncircumcised men (those who have not had the foreskin removed). When symptoms of lichen sclerosus on the penis occur, they may include:
  • Difficulty pulling back the foreskin
  • Scarring, tightening, or shrinking of the foreskin over the penis
  • Decreased sensation at the tip of the penis
  • Painful erections
  • The urethra (the tube through which urine flows) can become narrow or obstructed.

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