The vulvar clinic

J. Bornstein, B. Pascal, Y. Sova, Y. Rosenfeld, H. Abramovici

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Until recently, vulvar diseases have not been given sufficient attention by gynecologists. This might be attributable to the timidity of patients with chronic vulvar pruritus, tumor or dyspareunia, which delays diagnosis and treatment. In addition, the nomenclature of vulvar disease was complicated by having been adapted from various dermatological disorders. Only following the establishment of the International Society for the Study of Vulvar Disease (ISSVD) and of specialized clinics, has awareness increased and more attention is now being paid to vulvar disorders. The findings in 242 patients seen during the first year of operation of a vulvar clinic were analyzed. The most common presenting symptom was chronic vulvar pruritus. Non-neoplastic epithelial disorder (dystrophy) was the most common histological finding in the 79 women with pruritus, while 2 were diagnosed as having vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, and 1 had basal cell carcinoma. In contrast, vulvar vestibulitis was the main diagnosis in 34 women referred for vulvar pain (vulvodynia). Vulvodynia was also associated with other inflammatory processes and with human papilloma virus (HPV) lesions (condylomata). The primary finding in 26 women referred for evaluation of a vulvar "tumor" was epidermal cyst. In only 55 (75.5%) of the 73 referred for suspected HPV lesions was the histologic diagnosis confirmatory. In addition, a few vulvar ulcers were associated with HPV. A single treatment with carbon dioxide laser eradicated the HPV lesions in 93% of the cases. The vulvar clinic contributes to the ambulatory gynecological service by concentrating diagnosis and treatment in a single specialized unit and increases understanding of, and interest in vulvar disease.

Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)413-416
Number of pages4
Issue number12
StatePublished - 16 Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes


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