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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 595286, 6 pages
Review Article

Vulvar Skin Disorders throughout Lifetime: About Some Representative Dermatoses

1Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Regional Hospital Citadelle, 4000 Liege, Belgium
2Laboratory of Experimental Pathology, GIGA-Cancer, University of Liege, 4000 Liege, Belgium
3Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Liege, 4000 Liege, Belgium

Received 31 October 2013; Accepted 12 December 2013; Published 8 January 2014

Academic Editor: Gérald E. Piérard

Copyright © 2014 Jean Doyen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The objective of this paper is to present general considerations which should be kept in mind by clinicians in charge of women with vulvar diseases. Four representative vulvar dermatoses are described. Lichen simplex chronicus is a pathological condition related to chemical and mechanical irritant agents. Detrimental effects of these irritants, in the presence of other dermatoses, have to be considered when therapeutic responses are unsatisfactory. Lichen sclerosus is the most common vulvar dermatosis in elderly. However, it should be kept in mind that it may be diagnosed at any age. Lichen planus, in spite of sharing a similar range of etiological factors with lichen sclerosus, is a very distinct entity. Finally, Paget’s disease, although rare, is also described especially because of the challenge it represents both clinically and therapeutically.