Penile Epidermal Inclusion Cyst: A Late Complication of Penile Girth Enhancement Surgery


Nam Cheol Park, MD, PhD, Department of Urology, Pusan National University School of Medicine, 1-10 Ami-dong, Seo-gu, Busan 602-739, Korea. Tel: 82-51-240-7351; Fax: 82-51-247-5443; E-mail:


Introduction.  Epidermal inclusion cysts are benign lesions that can develop in any part of the body. However, the finding of an epidermal inclusion cyst in the penis is rare.

Aim.  The aim of this article was to present the management of a case of a penile epidermal inclusion cyst that occurred because of late complications of a penile girth enhancement surgery.

Methods.  A 52-year-old man presented with a painless, slowly growing mass in the penis, which was first noted after a penile girth enhancement surgery 20 years ago. A cystic mobile mass about 2 cm in depth was found surrounding the coronal sulcus. Excision of the mass was performed for diagnosis and treatment.

Results.  There was no communication with the urethra. The pathological diagnosis was an epidermal inclusion cyst of the penis.

Conclusions.  A penile epidermal inclusion cyst in adult men is rare. It can develop after an inadequate procedure for penile girth enhancement, and should be treated by complete resection. Park HJ, Park NC, Park SW, Jern TK, and Choi K-U. Penile epidermal inclusion cyst: A late complication of penile girth enhancement surgery. J Sex Med 2008;5:2238–2240.