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Hello,

I wrote you about a week ago, but never got a receipt and could not find the answered question onthe board. Thought it was strange so I am just re-writing in case I did something wrong.

I have had what appears to be a tiny white sliver under the head of my penis for literallyyears and years. It predates any sexual activity. I initially thought it was literally some foreign object lodged in my skin,but when i pulled it out...it grew back!

It is very small. It protrudes the skin and looks like a tiny grain of rice, except skinnier. I have no idea what it is, and when I search for it on the internet, I just get hits about those white papules, but they appear to be different. Unless it's some sort of variation...

I know you can't offer a diagnosis. I will see a doctor soon, but in the meantime any speculation would help.

Thanks,

Jesse

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Jesse:

Sorry, but we don't "speculate" on this forum although we do give some of the most likely causes of this and that.  This is something odd so I can't really tell what it is without personally examining it.  A hair follicle problem or a sebaceous cyst are prehaps the most likely causes.  have your local physician check it out.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

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Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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