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What are serious complications of lichen sclerosus?

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Serious complications of lichen sclerosus are rare.

If it affects the genitals, you might be slightly more likely to get a skin cancer called squamous cell cancer.

Women who have it are also at slightly higher risk for vulvar cancer, which is cancer that affects the outer part of the genitals, called the vulva. It can also change the way your genitals look.

Some women may have ongoing pain in the vulva or a narrowing of the vaginal opening. These complications can make sex difficult.

From: What is Lichen Sclerosus? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus, An Update.”

National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “What is Lichen Sclerosus?”

GARD: Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, National Institutes of Health, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Cancer Society, “What are the risk factors for vulvar cancer?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, FamilyDoctor.org, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus, An Update.”

National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “What is Lichen Sclerosus?”

GARD: Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, National Institutes of Health, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Cancer Society, “What are the risk factors for vulvar cancer?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, FamilyDoctor.org, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 05, 2018

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