Erosive Lichen Planus

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Lichen planus is an inflammatory mucocutaneous condition with a myriad of clinical manifestations. There are 3 forms of lichen planus that effect the vulva: papulosquamous, hypertrophic, and erosive. Erosive lichen planus can progress to vulvar scaring, vaginal stenosis, and squamous cell carcinoma; these long-term sequelae cause sexual distress, depression, and decreased quality of life for patients. Diagnosis is often delayed because of patient embarrassment or clinician misdiagnosis. Early recognition and treatment is essential to decreasing the morbidity of this condition. Multimodal treatment, along with a multidisciplinary approach, will improve outcomes and further clinical advances in studying this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-420
Number of pages14
JournalObstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Erosive lichen planus
  • Mucosal lichen planus
  • Scaring
  • Vulva

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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