http://www.dermnetnz.org/immune/lichen-sclerosus.html, http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Lichen_Sclerosus/default.asp, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1123316-overview#showall, http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=en&Expert=33409, http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/lichen-sclerosus/. Public health policy has a profound impact on health status. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts.  A study in men reported that "The reported incidence of penile carcinoma in patients with BXO is 2.6–5.8%". For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. , Some findings suggest that LS can be initiated through scarring or radiation, although these findings were sporadic and very uncommon. Continuous, abundant usage of emollients topically applied to the LS-affected skin is recommended to improve symptoms. Guidelines for the management of lichen sclerosus. The condition may be due to genetic, hormonal, irritant and/or infectious factors (or a combination of these factors). “The Luschen disease carrier?” There was something worrisome in Aram’s lowered voice but Liz lacked the time to pursue it just then. On tonight’s Blacklist Season 4 episode 12 called, “Natalie Luca,” as per the NBC synopsis, “The team targets a sly assassin who kills her prey with a fatal disease. It can occur at any age but is usually seen in women over age 50. Hallopeau. Furthermore, there seems to be a higher prevalence of other autoimmune diseases such as diabetes mellitus type 1, vitiligo, alopecia areata, and thyroid disease..  Furthermore, the patient should wear comfortable clothes and avoid tight clothing, as it is a major factor in the severity of symptoms in some cases. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics.  There is evidence that LS can be associated with thyroid disease. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional. That quotes nice! Center for Young Women's Health Children's Hospital Boston, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), Rare Diseases Are Not Rare - Gallery of Creative Work Raises Awareness of Rare Diseases, NIH-Supported Research Survey to Examine Impact of COVID-19 on Rare Diseases Community, NCATS Translational Approach Addresses COVID-19. Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disorder that is more common in women, most often affecting the external part of the vagina (vulva) or the area around the anus. Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. If you do not want your question posted, please let us know. According to the National Vulvodynia Association, which also supports women with Lichen Sclerosus, vulvo-vaginal conditions can cause feelings of isolation, hopelessness, low self-image, and much more. Just updated the OP with tonight's number on the list. rare disease research! To date though, very little evidence has been found to support this theory.  Circumcision does not prevent or cure LS; in fact, "balanitis xerotica obliterans" in men was first reported as a condition affecting a set of circumcised men, by Stühmer in 1928.. . In addition there can be lesions, white patches or reddening on the glans.  Behavior change is part of treatment. If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. In 1971, Progesterone used in LS, Wallace defines clinical factors and epidemiology of LS for all later reports. In 1885, Breisky described kraurosis vulvae. From 1900 to present, the concept starts being formed that scleroderma and LS are closely related. Any second that ticked by brought him closer to certain death. , Since LS in females is primarily found in women with a low estrogen state (prepubertal and postmenopausal women), hormonal influences were postulated. If continuously used, corticosteroids have been suggested to minimize the risk of cancer in various studies. Additional information about treatment of lichen sclerosus can be viewed on Medscape's Web site. Br J Dermatol 2002;147:640-9. , Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus was first described in 1887 by Dr. The disease often goes undiagnosed for several years, as it is sometimes not recognized and misdiagnosed as thrush or other problems and not correctly diagnosed until the patient is referred to a specialist when the problem does not clear up.