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Question: is a dark purple discoloration on penile glans normal?


 karoom - Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:18 pm

I've visited 2 doctors already both of them telling me I'm fine. My head is blue-ish purple, and its been like this for over a couple years now. Theres no pain at all, feels normal. I'm just wondering if I'm supposed to look this way.

Iv attached some images in a link so you can get a more general idea of my situation:
http://img79.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=img0022k.jpg

Thanks.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:44 am

User avatar Hello,Had a look at the pictures and it seems absolutely normal.Blood vessels which show bulging could look like this.Fixed drug eruptions form coin shaped areas of bluish black pigment on the penis.Raised purple patches could be seen in kaposi tumor,in your case it is flush with the skin and nothing to do with the above.Hyperpigmentation after some skin infections do leave behind pigment known as post inflamatory pigmentation.Lichen planus again could cause pigmentation but they are typical violaceous papules.You have none of these except a possible blood vessel appearance.Best wishes.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:03 am

User avatar Hi,
I think it is perfectly normal (just as Dr.Jagesh kamath has opined).
The colour of the glans penis may vary from pink to pale blue or purple.This is due to the blood vessels(capillaries) under the very thin skin that covers it. Colour may vary with the degree of erection, ambient temperature and whether the person is circumcised or not.
Whitish colour may be abnormal(balanitis xerotica obliterans - a condition that may cause stricture of the external meatus).Cheers!

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