Penile paraffinoma

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2003 Sep;17(5):583-4. doi: 10.1046/j.1468-3083.2003.00786.x.


A 40-year-old Caucasian man, originating from Ukraine, but living for the last year and a half in Portugal, presented to our department with a one year history of an irregular penile mass and phimosis. He reluctantly admitted that 8 years previously he had multiple mineral oil injections in the penis, for the purpose of penile enlargement. A diagnosis of penile paraffinoma was made and surgical excision was performed at the urology department. Paraffinoma results from mineral-oil injections: such practice is very rare in the western world nowadays, however, it still is performed in many Eastern European Countries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body / chemically induced*
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body / surgery
  • Humans
  • Injections, Subcutaneous
  • Male
  • Paraffin / administration & dosage
  • Paraffin / adverse effects*
  • Penile Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Penile Diseases / surgery
  • Risk Assessment
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Paraffin