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May 1984

Familial Lichen Planus

Author Affiliations

Department of Medicine Section of Dermatology Mason Clinic 1100 Ninth Ave PO Box 900 Seattle, WA 98101

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(5):577-578. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650410019007

To the Editor.—  The longer I am in dermatology, the more cutaneous conditions I discover in myself (at one time or another). I have been involved in dermatology for 12 years and the list lengthens—Sutton's nevus, seborrheic dermatitis, urticaria, connubial contact dermatitis,1 Mondor's disease, warts, vitiligo, and now, thanks to Mahood,2 familial lichen planus.I had lichen planus at the age of 20 years just before examinations. The condition was self-limiting (once the stress of the examinations had passed). Late last year (1982), my 9-year-old, younger son had typical and widespread lichen planus. Although I explained to my wife that no specific therapy was available or required, I still had to dissuade her from seeking a second opinion. The lichen planus did resolve spontaneously in four months.The age distribution in my two cases agrees with that given by Mahood in that familial lichen planus seems to be

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