Oral lichen planus

March 1, 2012
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Pathology Clinic

The cause of lichen planus is not known. Its treatment depends on the specific type--reticular, erosive, or bullous--and usually includes topical or systemic corticosteroids and topical antifungal agents. Patients require lifelong monitoring and/or therapy.

Lichen planus (LP) is a chronic, self-limited, inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology that involves mucous membranes, skin, nails, and hair. It is postulated that there is an abnormal T-cell-mediated immune response that results in disruption of the basement membrane. Several drugs are known to be associated with the onset of LP, but the exact mechanism is unknown.

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CitationEar Nose Throat J. 2012 March;91(3):102-104