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Lichen planus pigmentosus

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Lichen planus pigmentosa
  • Lichen planus pigmentosus inversus
  • LP pigmentosa
  • LP pigmentosus
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Your Question

My son developed dark spots when he was one and half years old. Lichen planus pigmentosa was confimed by biopsy. I am not treating his condition with medication. Is it possible for him to overcome this condition by himself? How long will it take?

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What is the long-term outlook for people with lichen planus pigmentosus?

The long-term outlook (prognosis) for people with lichen planus pigmentosus (LPP) is generally good. Aside from the characteristic brown to gray-brown macules and patches on the skin, many affected people do not have any additional signs and symptoms. Even in those who do experience itching and/or burning of the skin or other features of lichen planus, symptoms usually improve with treatment. Unfortunately, LPP is generally a chronic, relapsing condition with periods of exacerbations (worsening symptoms) separated by periods of remission (a decrease in or disappearance of symptoms).[1][2]
Last updated: 4/9/2015

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Lichen planus pigmentosa
  • Lichen planus pigmentosus inversus
  • LP pigmentosa
  • LP pigmentosus
Related Diseases
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.