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Indian J Sex Transm Dis AIDS. 2019 Jul-Dec;40(2):105-112. doi: 10.4103/ijstd.IJSTD_45_19.

Genital lichen planus: An underrecognized entity.

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Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Department of Dermatology, Santosh Medical College, Gaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Department of Dermatology, Government Medical College, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
Department of Dermatology, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Genital lichen planus (LP) is an underrecogonized dermatosis. The appearance is often unlike classical LP elsewhere, and hence, the condition goes undiagnosed in many. Vulvo-vaginal LP in particular, can be a distressing condition often leading to scarring and a poor quality of life. Treatment for most of the genital LP variants is similar to managing LP elsewhere; however, the erosive variant requires special attention as treatment outcomes are often disappointing and the disease runs a protracted course. Potential for development of malignancy also exists, as in oral LP, and hence close follow up is essential.


Complications; erosive; genital; hepatitis C virus; lichen planus; methotrexate; mucosal; oral; treatment

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