Vulvar Pruritus and Lichen Simplex Chronicus

Rebecca Chibnall

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Vulvar pruritus and lichen simplex chronicus are common reasons for presentation to women's health practitioners, including gynecologists and dermatologists. Both conditions are multifactorial and are often confounded by other inflammatory, neoplastic, infectious, environmental, neuropathic, hormonal, and behavioral variables. Careful history taking and thorough physical examinations, including wet mount and potentially skin biopsy, are necessary for appropriate diagnosis. Treatment should focus on decreasing inflammation, reducing irritants, and providing symptomatic relief to achieve remission. Comprehensive treatment covering environmental, biological, and behavioral therapy can result in long-term cure for patients with these conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-388
Number of pages10
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Hyperplastic vulvar dystrophy
  • Lichen simplex chronicus
  • Squamous cell hyperplasia
  • Vulvar itch
  • Vulvar pruritus


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