Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia (VIN)

Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) is a precancerous condition of the vulvar skin.This condition is caused by changes in the cells of the vulvar tissue that allow them to grow abnormally.

Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia can progress to invasive cancer of the vulva. This happens in only about 4% of cases and usually progresses slowly.

Some patients may be without symptoms or complain of itching or burning. You may also have raised brown, red, pink, white or gray lesions of various colors.

The exact cause of VIN is unknown, but doctors have linked the following factors with the condition:

Our doctors will either do a colposcopy or biopsy to diagnose vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia.

Treatment options vary depending on the extent of the lesion, the degree of the disease and the presence of other medical problems. Some of the options include:

  • Topical chemotherapeutic agents
  • Laser ablation
  • Surgical excision

Since this disorder may reoccur and it may not produce any symptoms, it is important to have regular checkups.

Vulvar Disorders
Women’s Health Services

At UAMS, we understand that many women have concerns about your gynecological health. Knowing that these matters can be awkward, we want to make it easy for you to ask for help. We protect your privacy while providing treatment by caring and compassionate specialists in a comfortable environment. Please contact us for more information on our vulvar disorder services.