Do you have to have a biopsy to diagnose bxo (balanitis xerotica obliterans)?

Yes! To know the cause so that it can be accurately treated.
No, usually don't... Bxo (balanitis xerotica obliterans) usually requires no biopsy to make its dx. But, if being uncertain for differentiating its DX and skin cancer by hx and inspection, biopsy of concerned area may be required. Ask doc timely.

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I was wondering is a biopsy required to diagnose balanitis xerotica obliterans or is there another type of test?

BXO. This diagnosis can be made be inspection and examination. Treatment is usually topical antibiotics and oral antibiotics can be used also. Often this diagnosis is made after a circumcision. Read more...

How do you diagnose balanitis xerotica obliterans?

BXO. Bxo is typically diagnosed clinically, by a history and physical examination by your doctor. Definitive diagnosis, however, requires a penile biopsy. Read more...
White color & dry. Correctly used term balanitis refers to the glans penis, often an inflammed foreskin is incorrectly called balanitis. However the pathologican term of bxo can refer to either glans, foreskin or both. Can be suspected it if you see whitish, hardened patches on foreskin or glans. Microscopically there is fibrosis/scarring of deep layers of skin. Thought 2b identical to 'lichen sclerosis' in women. Read more...
Based on ... Usually, a detailed hx and inspection on the penis should give a reasonable confirmative diagnosis for balanitis xerotica obliterans (bxo). See urologist timely for detail. Read more...