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lichen sclerosus and scleroderma

Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2022 12:27 pm
by Juliana
I have recently been referred to a scleroderma clinic by my gynaecologist. What is the difference between scleroderma and lichen? (my initial diagnosis by a lichen s specialist was over 20 years ago)

Re: lichen sclerosus and scleroderma

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2022 7:06 pm
by Dr Karen Gibbon
Lichen sclerosus is thought to be a form of localised scleroderma (both affecting connective tissue) without any of the other internal problems. LS of the skin doesn't lead to scleroderma but the two conditions can co-exist.