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Childhood vulval lichen sclerosus and sexual abuse are not mutually exclusive diagnoses

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:311
  1. Jenny Powell, specialist registrar,
  2. Fenella Wojnarowska, professor of dermatology
  1. Department of Dermatology, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford OX3 7LJ

    EDITOR—In their lesson of the week Wood and Bevan point out that failure to recognise lichen sclerosus can lead to distressing allegations of abuse.1 We agree:in a cohort of 72 girls with early onset lichen sclerosus that we studied,the possibility of sexual abuse had been raised by the general …

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