Psychological distress in women with nonneoplastic epithelial disorders of the vulva

M. Preti, L. Micheletti, M. Barbero, V. Piccioni, M. C Z Valentino, P. Nicolaci, G. Borgno

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The aim of this study was to evaluate psychological distress in 44 women with vulvar squamous cell hyperplasia and 21 with vulvar lichen sclerosus in order to examine the presence of psychological factors in these dermatologic disorders. Two psychometric tests were used to evaluate depressive status and various aspects of anger. No significant depressive status was diagnosed with the former test either in patients with vulvar squamous cell hyperplasia or in patients with vulvar lichen sclerosus. Patients with squamous cell hyperplasia had two components of anger (state and internal anger) that were significantly higher and three components (trait anger, exteriorization and control of anger) significantly lower than did the controls. In patients with lichen sclerosus all the components of anger were within the normal range. These, findings suggest that psychological factors may be associated with vulvar conditions, such as squamous cell hyperplasia, and may have some therapeutic implications in cases resistant to standard treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-963
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • anger
  • depression
  • hyperplasia
  • vulvar diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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