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This Month in Archives of Dermatology
April 2004

This Month in Archives of Dermatology

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Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(4):395. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.4.395

Oral lichen planus is an uncommon, difficult-to-treat, chronic inflammatory disorder characterized by painful white striations, papules, and plaques on the buccal, lingual, and gingival mucosa. Current therapeutic options include topical, intralesional, or systemic corticosteroids; topical anesthetics; topical or systemic retinoids; and topical immunomodulators. Narrowband UV-B phototherapy has been used successfully for cutaneous lichen planus, but no delivery system exists for intraoral exposures. In this open-label pilot study, Trehan and Taylor demonstrate the effective use of a flexible fiberoptic delivery system for the 308-nm excimer laser treatment of oral lichen planus.

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