How Common is Condyloma Acuminata, Anal Warts

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

Anal Warts.  A Visit To The Proctologist.

Condyloma Acuminata. Anal Warts. How Common?By now, most people have heard of the term anal warts, also known as condyloma acuminata.  Anal warts are common and are transmissible.  Whether transmitted sexually (STD’s), or in other, non-sexual transmission modes, these small, fleshy lumps are a source of irritation at a minimum, and a possible cause of the development of anal cancer at worst.  The connection between having these warts and the development of cervical cancer in women is well established.  Certain strains of the more than 200 known strains of condyloma acuminata are known to be causally related to the development of cervical cancer.  Hence, the reason for regular Pap smears; to detected early changes in the cervix.  But why visit a  proctologist?

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The same appears to be true with respect to anal disease.  Four strains (genotypes) of warts appear to be precursors to anal cancer.  In Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, the surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates will be able to talk with you, examine you and guide you through any treatment needed to eradicate any anal warts.

The Human Papilloma Virus.  HPV.

The warts, no matter how transmitted, are contagious to others.  They are small, fleshy pieces of tissue that surround the anus, and may live inside of the anal canal.  They are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV.  The majority of adults in the United States and in cities such as Los Angeles  and Beverly Hills are believed to harbor HPV on their skin.  The HPV is asymptomatic and may never cause problems or symptoms.  Why they do not grow into warts is unknown.  However, when they grow into warts, they tend to grow in warm moist areas of the body such as the anus or cervix.  They can exist in a microscopic form, invisible to the naked eye.  An anal Pap smear, especially in those who have had anal intercourse, may disclose a microscopic infection with HPV (called AIN) which may lead to further testing and treatment.  The earliest symptoms of an infection include;

  • A palpable lump or lumps of different sizes around the anus.
  • Itching
  • Discharge
  • Pain
  • Bleeding or blood on the tissue

Time To See The Proctologist.

The discovery of any of these usually prompts a trip to the proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon or coloproctologist.  After taking a history, a gentle exam (and possible a painless anal Pap smear) will be performed.  If no warts are discovered, other diagnoses will be considered and treated.  If the Pap smear discloses invisible AIN, treatment options will be discussed.  If visible warts are found, various medical measures will be offered and you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the treatment.  In resistant or stubborn cases, an outpatient operation may be necessary to eradicate the warts.

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates

Anal warts can be treated and cured.

No matter the extent of the disease, your proctologist in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills or any city, will be able to reassure you and help you.  You must make the first call for an appointment to be examined and to become informed.  At Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates, you will be able to have all of your questions answered in a quiet and confidential setting.  You can make an appointment by calling (310)273-2310.  There are also many forms and and informative articles on the website.

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