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Oral lichen planus


Other Names for this Disease

  • Oral lichenoid lesions
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Overview

Oral lichen planus is a inflammatory condition that affects the inside of the mouth.  Signs and symptoms include patches of fine white lines and dots most commonly in the inside of the cheeks, gums, and/or tongue. Most people with lichen planus experience no to few symptoms, others may have painful sores or ulcers in the mouth. Severe lichen planus slightly increases the risk for oral cancer. Oral lichen planus may occur alone or in combination with other skin forms of lichen planus.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 7/20/2011

References

  1. Berman K. Lichen Planus. Ocotber 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000867.htm. Accessed 7/20/2011.
  2. Habif TP, ed.. Clinical Dermatology, 5th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2010;
  3. Lichen Planus. American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. 2012; http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/lichen_planus.html. Accessed 10/16/2012.
  4. Oral Lichen Planus. New Zealand Dermatologic Soceity, inc.. Ocotber 2010; http://www.dermnet.org.nz/scaly/oral-lichen-planus.html. Accessed 7/20/2011.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Oral lichenoid lesions
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