Oral lichen planus

Meredith A. Olson, Roy S. Rogers, Alison J. Bruce

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Lichen planus is an inflammatory mucocutaneous disease that can affect the skin, hair, nails, and mucosal surfaces. Mucosal sites of involvement include oral, genital, ocular, otic, esophageal, and, less commonly, bladder, nasal, laryngeal, and anal surfaces. Oral lichen planus is a mucosal variant of lichen planus, which tends to affect women more often than men, with a typically more chronic course and potential for significant morbidity. Treatment can be challenging, and there is potentially a low risk of malignant transformation; however, therapeutic benefits can be obtained with various topical and systemic medications. Clinical monitoring is recommended to ensure symptomatic control. Increasing awareness and recognition of this entity have continued to fuel advances in therapy and in our understanding of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-504
Number of pages10
JournalClinics in Dermatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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