Benign tumors
Bowenoid papulosis

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 4 October 2017, last major update March 2003

Copyright: (c) 2002-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Bowenoid papulosis vulva

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Definition / general
  • Type of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia
  • Multiple small papules, often pigmented, in vulva of young women
  • Grossly resemble verrucae
  • Does not progress to invasive carcinoma but may recur
  • Distinction between Bowen disease / CIS and bowenoid papulosis can usually be made clinically
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Atypia up to carcinoma in situ, noninvasive
  • Dysplastic cells arise in background of orderly epithelium with sparing of acrotrichium
Positive stains