2011 ISSVD terminology and classification of vulvar dermatological disorders: An approach to clinical diagnosis

Peter J. Lynch, Micheline Moyal-Barracco, James Scurry, Colleen Stockdale

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to formulate an easy clinical approach that may be used by clinicians of all backgrounds to diagnose vulvar dermatological disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease appointed a committee with multinational members from the fields of dermatology, gynecology, and pathology and charged the committee to formulate a clinically based terminology and classification of vulvar dermatological disorders. The committee carried out its work by way of multiple rounds of e-mails extending over almost 2 year's time. RESULTS: The committee was able to formulate a consensus report containing terminology, classification, and a step-wise approach to clinical diagnosis of vulvar dermatological disorders. This report was presented and approved by the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease at the XXI International Congress held in Paris, France, on September 3 to 8, 2011. CONCLUSIONS: The authors believe that the approach to terminology and classification as well as clinical diagnosis contained in this article allows clinicians to make highly accurate diagnoses of vulvar dermatological disorders within the clinical setting. This, in turn, will reduce the need for referrals and will improve the care for women with most vulvar disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of lower genital tract disease
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • classification
  • nomenclature
  • terminology
  • vulvar diseases
  • vulvar disorders

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