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Cracked, painful lips

The lips represent a transition between the oral mucosa and skin, and consequently are capable of taking part in pathological processes affecting either. Because of their mobility they are susceptible to both acute and chronic trauma. The lips have strong sensory innervation and are readily visible, so abnormalities are quickly apparent to the patient.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(1): 12–14
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