Other Names for this Disease
- Follicular lichen planus
- Frontal fibrosing alopecia (subtype)
- Kossard disease
- Lichen follicularis
- Lichen planopilaris classic type
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A high or moderate potency steroid cream is often effective in treating lichen planopilaris. If this is not effective steroid injections (into skin lesions), or systemic corticosteroids is considered. Unfortunately even with successful treatment, lichen planopilaris can return. Hydroxychloroquine, retinoids, oral cyclosporin methotrexate, mycophenolate mofetil, rituximab and pioglitazon have also been used to treat lichen planopilaris with some success, although information on these treatments is limited.
Last updated: 5/28/2015
- Rácz E et al.,. Treatment of frontal fibrosing alopecia and lichen planopilaris: a systematic review. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2013 Dec; 27(12):1461-70. Accessed 5/28/2015.
- Meinhard J, Stroux A, Lünnemann L, Vogt A, Blume-Peytavi U. Lichen planopilaris: Epidemiology and prevalence of subtypes - a retrospective analysis in 104 patients. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2014 Mar; 12(3):229-35, 229-36. Accessed 5/28/2015.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Lichen planopilaris. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.