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  • Hirsuties coronae glandis (also known as hirsutoid papillomas[and pearly penile papules) 
  • (PPP) are small protuberances that may form on the ridge of the glans of the human penis
  • They are a form of acral angiofibromas
  • They are a normal anatomical variation in humans and are sometimes described as vestigial remnants of penile spines, sensitive features found in the same location in other primates
  • In species in which penile spines are expressed, as well as in humans who have them, the spines are thought to contribute to sexual pleasure and quicker orgasms
  • It has been theorized that pearly penile papules stimulate the female vagina during sexual intercourse.
  •  In addition, pearly penile papules secrete oil that moistens the glans of the penis.
  • The papules appear as one or several rows of small, pearly or flesh-colored, smooth, dome-topped bumps situated circumferentially around the corona or sulcus of the glans. 
  • They may range in size from less than 1 mm to 3 mm
  • As of 1999, different studies have produced estimates of incidence ranging from 8 to 48 percent of all men.
  • Studies suggest that it occurs more often on younger men and those who have not been circumcised.
  •  One study found them in 33.3% of males who had not been circumcised and in 7.1% of males who were circumcised.
  • Pearly penile papules are sometimes mistakenly confused with a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection due to a perceived similarity in appearance
  • A similar expression, vestibular papillomatosis of the vulva or "hirsuties papillaris vulvae", occurs in females and similarly can be misinterpreted as an HPV infection. 
  • Like hirsuties papillaris genitalis, it is a normal variation on human anatomy