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Lichen planopilaris


Other Names for this Disease
  • Follicular lichen planus
  • Frontal fibrosing alopecia (subtype)
  • Kossard disease
  • Lichen follicularis
  • Lichen planopilaris classic type
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Treatment

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How is lichen planopilaris treated?

A high or moderate potency steroid cream is often effective in treating lichen planopilaris.[1][2] If this is not effective steroid injections (into skin lesions), or systemic corticosteroids is considered.[1][2] Unfortunately even with successful treatment, lichen planopilaris can return. Hydroxychloroquine,[2] retinoids,[2] oral cyclosporin[1] methotrexate,[2] mycophenolate mofetil,[2] rituximab[1] and pioglitazon[1] have also been used to treat lichen planopilaris with some success, although information on these treatments is limited.
Last updated: 5/28/2015

References
  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Follicular lichen planus
  • Frontal fibrosing alopecia (subtype)
  • Kossard disease
  • Lichen follicularis
  • Lichen planopilaris classic type
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.