Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS
: 2020  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--7

Anogenital lichen sclerosus

Manjyot Manish Gautam, Vasundhara Singh, Nitin J Nadkarni, Sharmila P Patil 
 Department of Dermatology, Dr. DY Patil Hospital and Research Centre, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vasundhara Singh
Department of Dermatology, Dr. D Y Patil Hospital and Research Centre, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Lichen sclerosus (LS) was first described by Hallopeau in 1887. It is a chronic inflammatory condition most commonly involving the anogenital region with a relapsing course and a potential for destruction, functional impairment, atrophy, and malignant changes. LS affects both sexes with a female preponderance of 5:1. The exact prevalence of the disease is difficult to predict as the lesions are asymptomatic in the initial phase and later when the complications arise patients might visit the surgeon, pediatrician, gynecologist, or urologist. The etiology of LS has a complex interplay of genetic factors, autoimmunity, infections, and trauma. Physical examination to assess the extent of the disease and decide the line of management is the most crucial step in the management. Corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitor, retinoids, phototherapy, and surgery can be helpful. Self-examination and long-term follow-up are necessary.

How to cite this article:
Gautam MM, Singh V, Nadkarni NJ, Patil SP. Anogenital lichen sclerosus.Indian J Sex Transm Dis 2020;41:1-7

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Gautam MM, Singh V, Nadkarni NJ, Patil SP. Anogenital lichen sclerosus. Indian J Sex Transm Dis [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 24 ];41:1-7
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