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Angiokeratoma On Vulva
What causes angiokeratomas on vulva? Dr says these are rare for women, so what caused me to develop them and how to treat? Are they cancerous?
They just happen: Don't worry about fabry's if you don't have themelsewhere. I suspect there's a genetic component. There's a counterpart in men who get them on the scrotum -- some guys get hundreds, most guys get none, they're actually not that rare on the vulva (though I'm a pathologist and I tend to see a lot of stuff) and they have no premalignant potential. Read more
I'm a 32 y/o f with angiokeratoma on labia majora. What causes this? Is there an affordable treatment? If treated is it likely to recur?
Symptoms?: Angiokeratomas are benign skin lesions of capillaries (tiny blood vessels). I am not sure what causes them. Most patients are without symptoms and do not require treatment. However, intermittent bleeding, itching, and pain can occur. Laser therapy is one outpatient treatment. Excision and grafting may be needed, which should be definitive therapy. Read more
Can be multifactoria: It can be multi-factorial but could be a sign of vaginal and vulvar dryness ie due to lack of estrogen or a sign of interstitial cystitis or pelvic pain syndrome. Although generally it is a benign condition but you should see your gynecologist first to rule out any significant vagino-vulvar conditions. If gynecological evaluation is normal, you may then need to see a urologist. Read more