The disease known as balanitis xerotica obliterans was first described by Stühmer1 in 1928. Since then little has appeared about it in the American literature. Madden,2 in a discussion of the balanitides, made an excellent clinical presentation of several cases and accompanied his article with illustrations and histologic studies. Novy8 presented a single patient before the San Francisco and Los Angeles dermatologic societies. In 1941, Freeman and Laymon4 made a comprehensive report of 18 cases that covered the subject exhaustively and included a complete bibliography. These authors as well as some others have expressed the belief that balanitis xerotica obliterans and kraurosis penis are probably the same disease, since they could find no essential differences in their clinical and histologic appearance.
Balanitis xerotica obliterans is often, but not regularly, associated with urethral stenosis. It is probable that when it is not accompanied with urinary disturbance it
LEIFER W. BALANITIS XEROTICA OBLITERANS: REPORT OF A CASE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(2):118–119. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510080030007
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