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Dermatoscopy of Cutaneous Lichen Planus – Attempt to Translate Metaphoric Terminology Into Descriptive Terminology

By August 23, 2023July 11th, 2024No Comments

Agata Szykut-Badaczewska, Mariusz Sikora, Lidia Rudnicka, Harald Kittler



Introduction: Dermatoscopy is gaining appreciation in assisting the diagnosis of inflammatory dermatoses (inflammoscopy). Lichen planus (LP) is a common inflammatory skin disease with characteristic dermatoscopic features. Over the last few years, numerous articles were published on the deramatoscopy of LP and a high number of terms have been used to describe the dermatoscopic features of this disease.

Objectives: The objective of this study was to review the literature on the dermatoscopy of LP and to re-evaluate the published descriptions in the light of the 2019 expert consensus on the terminology of dermatoscopy for non-neoplastic skin diseases.

Methods: We searched the PubMed database using the keywords ‘lichen planus and dermatoscopy’, ‘lichen planus and dermoscopy’, ‘lichen planus and epiluminescence microscopy’, and ‘lichen planus and inflammoscopy’.

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