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American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 695–706 | Cite as

Diagnosis and Treatment of Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus: An Update for Dermatologists

  • Andrew Lee
  • Gayle Fischer
Review Article

Abstract

Vulvar lichen sclerosus is an important skin disease that is common in women in their 50 s and beyond; however, it can also affect females of any age, including children. If not treated, it has the potential to cause significant and permanent scarring and deformity of the vulvar structure. In addition, if untreated, it is associated with a 2–6% lifetime risk of malignant squamous neoplasia of the vulva. Lichen sclerosus has been considered a difficult to manage condition; however, both serious complications can potentially be prevented with early intervention with topical corticosteroid, suggesting that the course of the disease can be treatment modified.

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No sources of funding were used to prepare this manuscript.

Conflict of interest

Andrew Lee and Gayle Fischer have no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyRoyal North Shore HospitalSt LeonardsAustralia
  2. 2.Sydney Medical School NorthernThe University of SydneySt LeonardsAustralia
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyKolling InstituteSt LeonardsAustralia

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