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Can J Surg. 1991 Oct;34(5):469-70.

Laser therapy of vulvar lichen sclerosus et atrophicus.

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Department of Gynaecology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alta.


Seven patients with a histologic diagnosis of lichen sclerosus et atrophicus of the vulva were treated by laser ablation of the affected area to a depth of 1.0 to 2.0 mm. The inpatient procedure was performed under general anesthesia with a carbon dioxide laser unit. Healing was complete 6 weeks postoperatively. All but one patient was free of recurrent symptoms at follow-up, which ranged from 12 to 37 months. Laser ablation is an acceptable treatment for patients who have symptoms due to lichen sclerosus of the vulva that are refractory to other measures.

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