Benign and malignant pathology of the vulva

Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 1993 Aug;5(4):474-9.


In this review, we focus on rare benign and malignant diseases. It is shown that benign vulvar conditions require thorough examination of other parts of the body, because a relationship with systemic diseases, like cicatricial pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris, toxic epidermal necrolysis, infections with parasites and Behçet's syndrome, may be present. Co-operation with medical specialists is warranted. One in every 10 malignancies of the vulva is not a squamous cell carcinoma. Apart from melanoma, several other tumors can occur on the vulva. A correct histological diagnosis is of paramount importance because treatment strategies depend on it.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Vulvar Diseases / pathology*
  • Vulvar Neoplasms / pathology