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Modern Management of External Genital Warts

Mayeaux, Edward John Jr. MD1,2; Dunton, Charles MD3

Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease: July 2008 - Volume 12 - Issue 3 - p 185-192
doi: 10.1097/LGT.0b013e31815dd4b4

External genital warts are a significant health problem particularly for young adults. This review summarizes the current literature on epidemiology, transmission, diagnosis, and treatment. Efficacy of all treatments is less than optimal, and multiple therapies may be necessary for complete resolution. Data on a new patient-applied therapy are presented. New vaccine therapy for prevention of infection should reduce the incidence of disease.

This is a review of the current understanding of external genital warts and the "state of the art" for their treatment.

1Departments of Family Medicine and 2Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Shreveport, LA, and 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA

Reprint requests to: Edward John Mayeaux Jr., MD, Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, 1501 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71130. E-mail:

©2008The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology