INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, Volume 47, Number 2: Pages 19-201,
February 2008.

Two cases of Zoon's balanitis treated with pimecrolimus 1% cream.

Bardazzi F, Antonucci A, Savoia F, Balestri R.

Department of Dermatology, University of Bologna,
Bologna, Italy.

Background Plasma cell balanitis is a disorder of the middle-aged and older uncircumcised male. Several treatments have been proposed to treat this disease, but plasma cell balanitis is often resistant to conventional therapy.

Methods We decided to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of pimecrolimus 1% cream in resistant Zoon's balanitis. We report two cases of resistant Zoon's balanitis treated with topical pimecrolimus 1% cream.

Results One of the two patients had a complete regression of the lesion after 2 months of therapy. The other one had a great improvement of the lesion, but a hyperpigmented patch persisted on the glans.

Conclusion Pimecrolimus 1% cream may be a valuable second-line treatment for patients with steroid related side effects or with steroid and other conventional therapy resistant Zoon's balanitis, as well as for those rejecting circumcision.

PMID: 18211499 [PubMed - in process

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