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ring of hard nodules on the shaft of the penis

I have a ring of hard nodules under the skin on the shaft of my penis, just below the head. These nodules began forming in 2003 - first there was one, then half a ring, and now a nearly complete ring (except it doesn't completely encircle the penis; the underside of the shaft is nodule-free). The nodules are small, hard, painless lumps, and the skin slides right over them. Sometimes they disappear and reappear over the course of several days; originally they were only rarely present, but now they are almost always present. There are no nodules, discoloration, bumps, or any other oddity anywhere else on the penis.

Do you have any idea what this could be?

Thanks!
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351246 tn?1379682132
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Hi
Thanks for writing to the forum!
In your case they could be ‘Pearly penile papules’. “Pearly penile papules are small lumps, about 1–2 mm across. They look like pimples and are all roughly the same size and shape. They are in a row around the margin of the head of the penis, and can be seen when the foreskin is pulled back. In some men they are hardly visible at all, and in others they are quite noticeable. They usually develop in the teens. People often worry that they are warts or an infection, and pick or squeeze them. In fact they are perfectly normal tiny glands. Leave them alone!”
Refer: http://www.embarrassingproblems.co.uk/lumpsmen.htm
Hope this helps. Do consult your urologist once and discuss this with him. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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But these bumps are on the shaft, not the head. And they're under the skin, not on top of it.
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