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Indian J Sex Transm Dis AIDS. 2019 Jan-Jun;40(1):6-12. doi: 10.4103/ijstd.IJSTD_23_19.

Genital lichen sclerosus et atrophicus in females: An update.

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Department of Skin-VD, Medical College Baroda, SSG Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.


Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus is an acquired chronic inflammatory dermatosis commonly affecting the vulvar and perianal regions. It is associated with an increased risk of vulvar cancer even though it is not a premalignant condition itself. The true precursor of cancer associated with lichen sclerosus (LS) is vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN), differentiated type. The diagnosis is usually clinical, but in some cases, a biopsy can be performed, especially to exclude VIN or cancer. All females with anogenital LS can be offered clobetasol propionate 0.05% ointment on a regimen for 3 months (once a day for a month, followed by alternative days for a month, and then, twice weekly for a month), combined with a soap substitute and a barrier preparation.


Clobetasol propionate 0.05% ointment; genital lichen sclerosus et atrophicus; pruritus; vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia malignancy

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