Surgical management of a persistent lichen sclerosus case and reconstruction of vulva with free rotation and V-Y advancement flaps

Ercan C. M., Yenen M. C., Dede M., Deveci M., Ulubay M., ALANBAY İ., ...More

Eastern Journal of Medicine, vol.18, no.3, pp.145-149, 2013 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: Eastern Journal of Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.145-149
  • Keywords: Lichen sclerosus, Vulvar reconstruction, Vulvectomy
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Lichen sclerosus (LS) is a lymphocyte-mediated, chronic, inflammatory dermatitis which most commonly involves the anogenital area. Treatment options include topical corticosteroids, tacrolimus, carbon dioxide laser ablation and, as a last resort vulvectomy. The objective of this study is to report a refractory anogenital LS case and describe the use of a V-Y advancement flap for reconstruction of the perineal defect after vulvectomy. A case of persistent LS, treated succesfully with surgery is presented and the literature is reviewed. The patient tolerated the surgical procedure well and a satisfactory cosmetic result was obtained. A multidisciplinary team is ideal in the management of patients with persistent LS. Surgical management of LS should be reserved as a last resort for patients who are refractory to other medical treatment options and, in the case of a surgical attempt, techniques for reconstruction of the vulva should be well known.