Lichen sclerosus is a type of skin condition. It often affects your genital or anal areas, but you can get it on other parts of your body. It can cause a rash, itching, pain, and scarring.
Update on rosacea classification and its controversies. To the Editor: Lichen sclerosus LS is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology that most commonly affects the anogenital region. Progressive sclerosis results in scarring with distortion of the normal epithelial architecture.
For a better experience, click the icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites. Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disease that mainly affects the vulva, but it can involve skin outside the genital region as well. One in 10 women with lichen sclerosus will have small patches of lichen sclerosus in other areas that do not cause symptoms.
Lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, and lichen simplex chronicus are three of the most common non-neoplastic epithelial disorders of the vulva. Lichen sclerosus is characterized by intense vulvar itching and can affect men and women of all ages, but it manifests most commonly in postmenopausal women. Patients with lichen sclerosus have an increased risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, and they should be monitored for malignancy.
September Lichen simplex of the vulva is a pruritic form of dermatitis in which excessive scratching or rubbing leads to lichenification. Characteristically, there are well- demarcatederythematous or hyperpigmentedthickened plaques affecting one or both sides of the vulva.
Lichen planus is a skin condition which causes inflammation and ulcer-like changes of the skin. Lichen planus can occur on any part of the body including:. Your doctor will look for skin changes commonly associated with lichen planus.
Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that most commonly affects the vulva, groin, and perianal region of postmenopausal women. The estimated prevalence ranges from 1 in 30 elderly women to 1 in 1, patients referred to a dermatologist. Because these patients may initially present at the onset of symptoms to a wide variety of practices such as primary care, dermatology, gynecology, urology, pediatrics, or even the emergency department, it is important for practitioners to understand how to properly diagnose and treat those with this disease.
Vulvar dermatoses are common, potentially debilitating conditions that can be seen by a variety of medical specialists. It is essential that dermatologists are familiar with the unique features of each of these conditions to ensure the appropriate management and follow up. Herein, we provide an update on the epidemiology, clinical presentation, histopathology, and treatment of patients with vulvar LS, LP, and LSC.