Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia
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|Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia|
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The term Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) refers to particular changes that can occur in the skin that covers the vulva. VIN is not cancer, and in some women it disappears without treatment. If the changes become more severe, there is a chance that cancer might develop after many years, and so it is referred to as a precancerous condition.
Medically speaking, the term denotes a squamous intraepithelial lesion of the vulva that shows dysplasia with varying degrees of atypia. The epithelial basement membrane is intact and the lesion is thus not invasive but has invasive potential.
The terminology of VIN evolved over several decades. In 1989 the Committee on Terminology, International Society for the Study of Vulvar Disease (ISSVD) replaced older terminology such as vulvar dystrophy, Bowen's disease, and Kraurosis vulvae by a new classification system for Epithelial Vulvar Disease:
- Nonneoplastic epithelial disorders of vulva and mucosa:
- Lichen sclerosus
- Squamous hyperplasia
- Other dermatoses
- Mixed neoplastic and nonneoplastic disorders
- Intraepithelial neoplasia
- Invasive disease (vulvar carcinoma)
The ISSVD further revised this classification in 2004, replacing the three-grade system with a single-grade system in which only the high-grade disease is classified as VIN. This is subdivided into: 1) usual-type VIN (including warty, basaloid and mixed subtypes)commonly associated with carcinogenic genotypes of HPV and/or HPV persistence factors such as cigarette smoking or immunocompromised states and 2) differentiated VIN, commonly associated with vulvar dermatoses such as lichen sclerosis. Differentiated VIN associated with lichen sclerosis, however, is more likely to be associated with squamous carcinoma than is usual-type VIN.
Flat lesions with basal atypia (formerly VIN I) are considered condylomas and can be treated as such.
The exact cause of VIN is unknown. Studies are being done to determine the cause of VIN. The following factors have been associated with VIN:
• HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
• HSV-2 (Herpes simplex Virus - Type 2)
• Chronic vulvar irritation
• Conditions such as Lichen Sclerosus
The patient may have no symptoms, or local symptomatology including itching, burning, and pain. The diagnosis is always based on a careful inspection and a targeted biopsy.
Micrograph of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia.
- "Vulval intra-epithelial neoplasia (VIN)". Macmillan Cancer Support. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
- Ridley CM, Frankman O, Jones IS, et al. (May 1989). "New nomenclature for vulvar disease: International Society for the Study of Vulvar Disease". Hum. Pathol. 20 (5): 495–6. doi:10.1016/0046-8177(89)90019-1. PMID 2707802.
- Committee Opinion No.509, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2011; 118:1192-4.
- "FDA Approves Expanded Uses for Gardasil to Include Preventing Certain Vulvar and Vaginal Cancers". 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2010-02-13.