Human papillomavirus associated with vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia in women exposed to diethylstilbestrol in utero, Obstetrics and gynecology, NCBI PubMed PMID: 3037458,
Five out of 959 young women, exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) in utero, developed vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia while they were under follow-up in the Diethylstilbestrol-Adenosis Project at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
We suggest that the development of the vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia at a younger age than usual may be caused by a higher susceptibility of the DES-exposed patient to factors associated with the development of intraepithelial neoplasia. A common finding in all five women was the detection of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of human papillomavirus types 6 or 16 in their lesions, using high-stringency in situ hybridization.
The role of human papillomavirus and herpes simplex virus in the etiology of intraepithelial neoplasia is discussed.
Close follow-up is recommended for DES-exposed patients, especially those who have risk factors known to be associated with genital neoplasia.
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