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Lichen Simplex Chronicus

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Lichen Simplex Chronicus

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8 KEY FACTS
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Hyperplasia of Vulvar Squamous Epithelium
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Hyperplasia of the vulvar squamous epithelium occurs when there is chronic rubbing or scratching. Hyperplasia refers to an increase in the number of cells.

Scratching
Scratching-man

Scratching for a prolonged period of time can result in squamous cell hyperplasia, which can lead to lichen simplex chronicus.

Rubbing
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Rubbing for a prolonged period of time can result in hyperplasia of the vulva squamous epithelium, which can manifest as lichen simplex chronicus.

Benign
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Lichen simplex chronicus is a benign condition, meaning it is not cancerous or malignant. There is also no risk of it progressing to squamous cell carcinoma.

No Risk of Squamous Cell Carcinoma
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Lichen simplex chronicus has no risk of progression to squamous cell carcinoma.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Leather Skin
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The chronic scratching and/or rubbing of the squamous epithelium leads to a leather-like appearance of the skin, described as lichenification.

Pruritus
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The lichenification and thickening of the skin in lichen simplex chronicus lead to pruritus or itchiness.

MANAGEMENT
Corticosteroids
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Corticosteroids are used to treat lichen simplex chronicus. The purpose of this is to reduce the itchiness brought on by lichenification.

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