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Paget`s disease?

10/30/2007

Question:

My sister-in-law recently had surgery which involved reconstructing her vulva area back to the anus arss disease, but I looked it up and that sounds like a completely different disease. Does the procedure I mentioned sound like anything you know about? She said it is something women can experience after menopause and men can also get it.

Thank you

Answer:

Paget's disease does require removal of the skin that contains the microscopic changes. It does involve vulvar/perineal reconstruction. I don't know exactly what surgery you are referring to, but vulvar reconstruction is necessary in most cases. I don't think it is a disease exclusive to women, but I don't know if it occurs in the perineum of men. It can effect the nipple of both men and women.

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Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated