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A range of different types of wart have been identified, which differ in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved.[1] These include:

  • Common wart (Verruca vulgaris): A raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands and knees.
  • Flat wart (Verruca plana): A small, smooth flattened wart, tan or flesh colored, which can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees.
  • Filiform or digitate wart: A thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips.
  • Plantar wart (verruca, Verruca pedis): A hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple black specks in the center; usually only found on pressure points on the soles of the feet.
  • Mosaic wart: A group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet.
  • Genital wart (venereal wart, condyloma acuminatum, verruca acuminata): A wart on either the urethral meatus or in the cervical, vaginal, or anal region.


  1. Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary (5th edn), Anderson KN, Anderson LE, Glanze WD, eds, Mosby

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