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Since 1982 we have been associating the study of hormonal receptors with the histological examination of the vulvar lesions in an attempt to interpret the action mechanism of steroids on the vulva, to find possible correlations between histological pictures and receptorial order and to find a possible predictive “marker” toward therapeutic and prognostic ends. In our Laboratory assays for androgen, estrogen and progesterone receptors were performed with the Dextran-Charcoal technique in 41 patients with vulvar dystrophy; 20 of whom had atrophic dystrophy and 21 with hypertrophic dystrophy. Another 24 patients with vulvar carcinoma were studied; 23 with epidermoid carcinoma of various differentiation grades and only one case of Paget’s Disease. None of the three receptors assayed could be considered a predictive or prognostic market in the approach to neoplastic forms. The levels of the progesterone receptor appears increased in the case of dystrophies. This justifies the hypothesis of a hormonal involvement in the pathogenesis of the lesion, as has already been documented by the beneficial effects of therapy with topical steroids.