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Causes of Lichen sclerosis

Causes of Lichen sclerosis

The exact cause of lichen sclerosis is not known. Potential causes include an abnormal immune reaction to an infectious organism and a lack of sex hormones. In addition, some people may have a genetic predisposition for developing lichen sclerosis, which is most common in postmenopausal women.

Lichen sclerosis Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Lichen sclerosis:

Lichen sclerosis Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Lichen sclerosis: Most common in women....more »

Gender Profile of Lichen sclerosis: It primarily affects the vulva. Fewer than 1 in 20 women who have vulvar lichen sclerosus have the... (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Lichen Sclerosis: NIAMS) ...more »

Lichen sclerosis: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Lichen sclerosis, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Lichen sclerosis:

Lichen sclerosis: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Lichen sclerosis: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Lichen sclerosis?

Causes: Lichen sclerosis: The cause is unknown, although an overactive immune system may play a role. Some people may have a genetic tendency toward the disease, and studies suggest that abnormal hormone levels may also play a role. Some scientists believe that an infectious bacterium, called a spirochete, may cause the changes in the immune system that lead to lichen sclerosus. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Lichen Sclerosis: NIAMS)

Related information on causes of Lichen sclerosis:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Lichen sclerosis may be found in:


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