Intended for healthcare professionals

Diagnosing lichen planus – dermatological features

Lichen planus (LP) is not especially common, but a typical example is immediately recognisable, though there are several clinical variants that are more difficult to diagnose, and in which the possibility of LP may not be immediately obvious on first presentation. The underlying pathophysiology is an example of a classical autoimmune process, involving an interaction between T-lymphocytes and the skin.
Dermatology in practice 2004; 12(2): 25–26
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