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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-27

Successful use of oral acitretin in oral lichen planus

Consultant Dermatologist, Maharashtra Medical Foundation, Joshi Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Ajay Deshpande
3, Surya Tower, C.T.S. No. 50-A, Erandwane, Pune - 411 004, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijdd.ijdd_9_17

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Lichen planus is a common inflammatory disorder affecting skin, mucus membranes, nails, and hair. At least two-thirds of cases occur between 30 and 60 years of age. Lichen planus can affect the mucosal surfaces of mouth, genitalia, conjunctiva, esophagus, anus, and urethra. Oral lichen planus is relatively common than lichen planus of other mucosal areas. Oral lichen planus is very refractory to treatment. Oral and topical steroids, topical tacrolimus, azathioprine, cyclosporine, and dapsone are the drugs used to treat oral lichen along with acitretin. We hereby report the successful treatment of oral lichen planus with acitretin in three patients.

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