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Lichen planus and other lichenoid dermatoses: Kids are not just little people. Clin Dermatol 2015;33(6):631-43



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Lichenoid dermatoses, a group of inflammatory skin conditions with characteristic clinical and histopathologic findings, range from common to rare. Classic lichen planus typically presents as pruritic, polygonal, violaceous flat-topped papules and plaques; many variants in morphology and location also exist. Other lichenoid dermatoses share similar clinical presentations and histopathologic findings. These include lichenoid drug eruption, lichen planus-like keratosis, lichen striatus, lichen nitidus, and keratosis lichenoides chronica. Epidemiologic characteristics vary among each lichenoid disorder. While classic lichen planus is considered a disease of adults, other lichenoid dermatoses may be more common in younger populations. The literature contains an array of reports on the variations in presentation and successful management of lichen planus and lichenoid dermatoses among diverse populations. Familiarity with the characteristics of each lichenoid dermatosis, rare or common within each patient population, is key to accomplishing timely recognition and effective management.

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Payette MJ, Weston G, Humphrey S, Yu J, Holland KE


Kristen E. Holland MD Associate Professor in the Dermatology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Stephen R. Humphrey MD Associate Professor in the Dermatology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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

Age Factors
Child, Preschool
Drug Eruptions
Lichen Nitidus
Lichen Planus
Lichenoid Eruptions