Lichen sclerosus in children and adolescents

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Abstract

Purpose of review

This review of lichen sclerosus in children and adolescents will discuss the disease and highlight the most recent literature.

Recent findings

Lichen sclerosus continues to be poorly recognized and misdiagnosed by clinicians. There is growing support for an autoimmune component in the cause of this disease. Recent studies confirm that lichen sclerosus does not resolve after puberty but usually improves. In small case series, topical calcineurin inhibitors are effective as second-line therapy.

Summary

Lichen sclerosus is an uncommon, poorly recognized disease in girls and adolescents and is likely to have a chronic course requiring long-term follow-up and treatment. There needs to be increased awareness among providers of this disease as a cause of vulvar itching. Because of the lack of knowledge of the natural course and treatment outcomes, prospective, multicenter studies are needed.

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