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December 2009

Dermoscopy of Extragenital Lichen Sclerosus

Author Affiliations
 

JAMES M.GRICHNIKMD, PhD

 

ASHFAQ A.MARGHOOBMDALONSCOPEMD

Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(12):1468. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.261

Lichen sclerosus (LS) is a chronic inflammatory dermatosis that is characterized by the presence of white papules and atrophic plaques. We describe 4 women with asymptomatic whitish papules and atrophic plaques at various locations on the body. Histopathologic examination of the lesions showed atrophy of the epidermis, follicular plugging, and a lymphocytic infiltrate. In all 4 cases, dermoscopy showed a whitish plaque with comedolike openings in the center of the lesion, and a diagnosis of extragenital LS was made.

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