Vulvar Dystrophy Diagnosis - How to Diagnose Vulvar Dystrophy?
 

Vulvar dystrophy diagnosis

A diagnosis of vulvar dystrophy can be made with a careful review of the patient's history and a physical examination. It is important to report all symptoms to your health care professional so that he or she can better understand the history of the symptoms.

With lichen simplex chronicus, the patient will report intense itchiness and relief upon scratching; recurrent itchiness does occur however. The skin will become red, thickened and may exhibit erosion, fissures or have loss of hair in the genital area. Vaginal infections may occur in addition to these conditions so it is also important to rule out vaginitis.

It may be necessary to complete a vulvar biopsy to get a definitive diagnosis. During a biopsy a small amount of vulvar tissue is removed and sent for pathological evaluation. A numbing medication is used and placed in the area of concern before the biopsy is performed. A specialized health care professional analyzes the biopsy and determines its diagnosis.

For information about the diagnosis of lichen sclerosus click here.  For lichen planus click here.

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Symptoms

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Disorders

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