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

Jeffrey T Jensen, Megan Bird, Catherine M Leclair
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2004, 190 (6): 1759-63; discussion 1763-5

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.

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