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2022 Sep 12

Ugeskr Laeger



[Lichen sclerosus in women].


Madsen E P, Bonefeld R E, Petersen C D
Ugeskr Laeger. 2022 Sep 12; 184(37).
PMID: 36178192.


This review investigates women suffering from chronic vulval pruritus who may suffer from lichen sclerosus (LS). LS is a chronic inflammatory skin condition involving the vulva and anogenital regions. Treatment may be initiated upon suspicion, although the diagnosis is predominantly clinical and at times a skin biopsy is needed to confirm the diagnosis. LS is treated with potent to very potent topical steroids initially for three months. Prophylactic lifelong treatment is recommended to avoid long term scarring, sexual dysfunction, improve quality of life and to prevent cancer. Mild cases can be managed in general practice.