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J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2005 Oct;9(4):206-12.

Medical management of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia.

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Department of Gynecological Oncology, Birmingham Women's Healthcare NHS Trust.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine which nonsurgical treatments have been assessed for the treatment of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) and what the outcomes of such treatment might be.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The English literature over the last 25 years was searched on Medline.

RESULTS:

A wide variety of nonsurgical treatments was identified and the outcomes were very similar. These treatments showed responses rates varying between 10% and 60%. Responses were poorly defined, however, and few if any studies had large enough subject numbers or long enough follow-up to allow robust conclusions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although VIN is a condition in which there would seem to be a pressing need for nonsurgical interventions, none of the nonsurgical treatments reviewed resulted in optimal outcomes. No one treatment seemed to be superior. There is a need for consensus on how outcomes are measured and a move toward large well-constructed studies is recommended. Because VIN is uncommon, there is a strong case for establishing research collaboratives.

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