Lichen Sclerosus

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disorder that most commonly affects post-menopausal women. However, it is sometimes identified among pre-menopausal women, and, even more rarely, among males. When found in males, the disease is known as balanitis xerotica obliterans.

Lichen sclerosus is characterized by skin changes of the external genitalia (i.e., vulva, head of the penis), although other parts of the body may also be affected. Intense itching often accompanies attacks of lichen sclerosus. The disorder is not contagious nor is it a sexually transmitted disease. In the recent past, a genetic component for lichen sclerosus has been recognized. In addition, many clinical researchers believe that it is a disorder of the immunological system. The understanding of the causes of this disorder is still incomplete. Lichen sclerosus can develop concurrently with other conditions.

Supporting Organizations

American Autoimmune & Related Diseases

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Email: aarda@aarda.org
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Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

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International Scleroderma Network

7455 France Ave So #266
Edina, MN 55435-4702
Tel: (952)583-5735
Tel: (800)564-7099
Email: isn@sclero.org
Website: http://www.sclero.org

NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Information Clearinghouse
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Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
USA
Tel: (301)495-4484
Fax: (301)718-6366
Tel: (877)226-4267
Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
Website: http://www.niams.nih.gov/

National Vulvodynia Association

P.O. Box 4491
Silver Spring,, MD 20914-4491
USA
Tel: (301)299-0775
Fax: (301)299-3999
Email: mate@nva.org
Website: http://www.nva.org

National Women's Health Network

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National Women's Health Resource Center

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Red Bank, NJ 7701
Tel: (732)530-3425
Fax: (732)530-3347
Tel: (877)986-9472
Email: gcassidy@healthywomen.org
Website: http://www.healthywomen.org

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Last Updated:  4/23/2004
Copyright  2004 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.