At times lichen planus does not respond readily to the usual methods of treatment, such as intramuscular injections of mercury or arsenic, roentgen exposures or any combination of these. Therefore, any method that might be used as an adjuvant to present methods of treatment or any new method that does as well or better than the present known ones is worth adding to the armamentarium. Bismuth salicylate, when injected intramuscularly, is such a drug, and is worth trying either at the onset of treatment or after other methods have failed.
In a series of fifteen cases in which the patients were treated over a period of three years, fourteen took the prescribed course of treatment and are well; one took only a partial course and was improved when last seen. The full course of treatment consists of 1½ grains (0.1 Gm.) of bismuth salicylate intramuscularly once a week for
GROSSMAN HD. THE TREATMENT FOR LICHEN PLANUS WITH INTRAMUSCULAR INJECTIONS OF BISMUTH SALICYLATE IN OIL. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;26(1):46–47. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450030049007
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