Your browser does not support javascript:   Search for gard hereSearch for news-and-events here.


Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Print friendly version

Buschke Lowenstein tumor

Other Names for this Disease
  • GCBL
  • Giant condyloma acuminatum involving the prepuce and glans penis
  • Giant condyloma of Buschke and Löwenstein
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.


Buschke Lowenstein tumor is a tumor that most commonly occurs near the penis or anus.  This tumor often looks like a large genital wart; it tends to grow slowly, but can sometimes grow very large and spread into surrounding tissues.  These tumors rarely spread to other parts of the body.[1][2]  Treatment of these tumors begins with removal by surgery.  Chemotherapy and radiation therapy have also been shown to be effective treatments for this tumor type.[3]
Last updated: 5/4/2011


  1. Penile Cancer. American Cancer Society. 2010; Accessed 1/24/2011.
  2. Kauffman CL, Alexandrescu DT. Giant Condylomata Acuminata of Buschke and Lowenstein. eMedicine. 2009; Accessed 1/24/2011.
  3. Gholam P, Enk A, and Hartschuh Q. Successful surgical management of giant condyloma acuminatum (Buschke-Löwenstein tumor) in the genitoanal region: a case report and evaluation of current therapies. Dermatology. 2009; 218:56-59. Accessed 5/3/2011.
Your Questions Answered
by the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

1 question(s) from the public on Buschke Lowenstein tumor have been answered. See questions and answers. You can also submit a new question.
On this page

In Depth Information

  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. Click on the link to view this information. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Buschke Lowenstein tumor. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.