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Lichenoid eruptions in children. J Am Acad Dermatol 2004 Oct;51(4):606-24 PMID: 15389198

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Lichenoid eruptions are quite common in children and can result from many different origins. In most instances the precise mechanism of disease is not known, although it is usually believed to be immunologic in nature. Certain disorders are common in children, whereas others more often affect the adult population. Lichen striatus, lichen nitidus, Gianotti-Crosti syndrome, and lichen spinulosus are examples of lichenoid lesions that are more common in children than adults. Distinguishing these diseases is necessary for prediction of the course of the eruption and for optimal management. In most cases, certain clinical characteristics enable the clinician to reach a diagnosis, whereas in other cases biopsy is required for a definitive answer. Many of these lesions are self-limited and only require symptomatic treatment, although corticosteroids can hasten resolution in certain disorders. Discontinuation of the medication is often sufficient for resolution of lichenoid drug eruptions.

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Tilly JJ, Drolet BA, Esterly NB


Beth A. Drolet MD Professor in the Dermatology department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Administration, Topical
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Diagnosis, Differential
Lichen Nitidus
Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus
Lichenoid Eruptions
Nail Diseases
Pityriasis Lichenoides
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