Drugs & Aging

, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp 803–812 | Cite as

Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus in the Elderly

Pathophysiology and Treatment Update
  • Natalie A. Saunders
  • Hope K. Haefner
Review Article


Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin condition that most commonly affects the anogenital skin of postmenopausal women. The aetiology of the condition is multifactorial. The most common presenting symptom is itching. Lichen sclerosus has a characteristic appearance. Diagnosis is made with vulvar biopsy. Treatment is important and the regimen most often includes topical corticosteroid ointments. Lifetime surveillance of the skin is imperative because of the increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma in patients with lichen sclerosus.



No sources of funding were used to assist in the preparation of this review. The authors have no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this review.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalie A. Saunders
    • 1
  • Hope K. Haefner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Michigan Center for Vulvar DiseaseUniversity of Michigan HospitalsAnn ArborUSA

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