Oral Lichen Planus and Lichenoid Mucositis

Scott S. De Rossi, Katharine Ciarrocca

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Abstract

Oral lichen planus (OLP) is commonly found in middle-aged women. Although the cause is unknown, research points to several complex immunologic events and cells that are responsible for the inflammatory destruction and chronicity of these lesions. Biopsy for histologic diagnosis is recommended. The mainstay of treatment remains topical corticosteroids; however, newer therapies such as immunomodulating agents are available for recalcitrant lesions. In cases of lichenoid mucositis or reactions, treatment should be directed at identifying and removing the presumed cause. Given the apparent risk of squamous cell carcinoma in these patients, frequent follow-up and repeat biopsy are vital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-313
Number of pages15
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Lichen planus
  • Lichenoid drug reaction
  • Lichenoid mucositis
  • Oral lichen planus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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