Other Names for this Disease
- Follicular lichen planus
- Frontal fibrosing alopecia (subtype)
- Kossard disease
- Lichen planopilaris classic type
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The cause of lichen planus is unknown but it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which white blood cells attack and destroy skin cells expressing unknown antigens. Triggering factors may include pharmacologic agents, contact sensitizers or infectious agents.
Last updated: 11/15/2013
- Cooper, S.. Lichen planopilaris. Orphanet. March 2011; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/Disease_Search.php?lng=EN&data_id=8580&Krankheiten=Lichen-planus-follicularis&title=Lichen-planus-follicularis&search=Disease_Search_Simple. Accessed 11/15/2013.