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Full thickness, split thickness and culture epithelium as a treatment for ulcerative lichen planus


Ulcerative lichen planus is a rare and chronic form of lichen planus. The disease affects mainly the feet and the oral cavity. This form is not only extremely painful and disabling, but carries the hazards of malignant transformation. Only nine patients described in the literature had excision and skin grafting of their lesions, with good short and long-term results. We present a case report of a patient with 27 years history of ulcerative lichen planus and multiple skin grafting and recurrencies. We present an alternative method of treatment with culture epithelium allograft as a temporary measure.

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Eldad, A., Burt, A. & Clarke, J.A. Full thickness, split thickness and culture epithelium as a treatment for ulcerative lichen planus. Eur J Plast Surg 13, 173–175 (1990).

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Key words

  • Ulcerative lichen planus
  • Treatment
  • Skin
  • grafts
  • Cultured epithelium