Patient satisfaction after the treatment of vulvovaginal erosive lichen planus with topical clobetasol and tacrolimus: A survey study

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Abstract

Objective The purpose of this study was to compare patient satisfaction with the topical immune system modulator tacrolimus to topical clobetasol during treatment for vulvovaginal erosive lichen planus. Study design Subjects who had been diagnosed with vulvovaginal erosive lichen planus between June 2000 and May 2001 received a mail survey regarding clinical satisfaction and response to treatment with clobetasol and tacrolimus. Satisfaction was assessed with a 100-mm visual analogue scale (very unsatisfied, 0; very satisfied, 100). Satisfaction was compared with the use of a paired t-test. Results Nineteen subjects met the inclusion criteria; 17 subjects (89%) returned completed surveys. Sixteen of the 17 women reported clobetasol therapy, and 11 of the 17 subjects acknowledged the use of tacrolimus therapy. All but 1 of the women who received tacrolimus had been treated previously with clobetasol therapy. All subjects reported experiencing sexual pain before their initial examination. After treatment with clobetasol, 2 of 16 women reported pain-free intercourse. Two additional women reported pain-free intercourse after switching to tacrolimus therapy. Ten subjects who had used both treatments rated tacrolimus therapy as significantly more satisfactory than clobetasol therapy (63 vs 38 mm; P=.03). Conclusion The use of topical tacrolimus improves satisfaction and may result in better clinical outcomes than therapy with clobetasol for the treatment of vulvovaginal erosive lichen planus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1759-1763
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume190
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

Keywords

  • Clobetasol
  • Lichen planus
  • Satisfaction
  • Tacrolimus
  • Vagina
  • Vulva

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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