• Users Online: 1231
  • Print this page
  • Email this page

  Table of Contents  
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 520  

Smegma pearl

1 Consultant Dermatologist & Dermatosurgeon , SKINNOCENCE: The Skin Clinic, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
2 Department of Dermatology and STD, Patna Medical College and Hospital, Patna, Bihar, India

Date of Web Publication14-Nov-2017

Correspondence Address:
Sidharth Sonthalia
SKINNOCENCE: The Skin Clinic, C-2246, “Suhridaya”, Sushant Lok-1, Block C, Gurgaon, Haryana
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_384_16

Rights and Permissions

How to cite this article:
Sonthalia S, Jha AK. Smegma pearl. Indian Dermatol Online J 2017;8:520

How to cite this URL:
Sonthalia S, Jha AK. Smegma pearl. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Jul 9];8:520. Available from: http://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2017/8/6/520/218336

A 4-year-old uncircumcised Indian boy presented with a painless whitish-yellow 0.8 × 1.2 cm pearly nodule over the glans [Figure 1]. The prepuce was partially retractable, with a thin inner preputial membrane attached to the glans mucosa. Application of gentle retractile pressure over the nodule released odorless cheese-like whitish material [Figure 2] rendering the prepuce free from the glans. This nodule of entrapped smegma, termed “smegma pearl” is fairly common in young uncircumcised boys. Despite expected spontaneous resolution, parents become apprehensive. Smegma pearl is a benign collection of smegma accumulated in the subpreputial space of young uncircumcised boys. Despite being common, it has been reported only recently.[1] The major differentials including preputial cysts, preputial Epstein pearls, and preputial median raphe cysts are easily clinically discernible.[1],[2]
Figure 1: The ovoid smegma pearl located adjacent to the frenulum between the base of the glans and the distal junction of its attachment with the preputial membrane

Click here to view
Figure 2: Release of smegma, a whitish cheesy material from the pearly lesion on application of gentle retractile pressure

Click here to view

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Financial support and sponsorship


Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

   References Top

Sonthalia S, Singal A. Smegma Pearls in Young Uncircumcised Boys. Pediatr Dermatol 2016;33:e186-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
Faridi MM, Adhami S. Prepucial Epstein pearls. Indian J Pediatr 1989;56:653-5.  Back to cited text no. 2


  [Figure 1], [Figure 2]


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Access Statistics
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

  In this article
    Article Figures

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded191    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal