Lichen planus

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Description This chapter describes dermoscopy of lichen planus
Author(s) Sabine Ludwig · Aimilios Lallas
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Wickham striae dermoscopically typifies lichen planus

White crossing streaks (Wickham striae) are the hallmark of lichen planus not only in clinical examination (particularly in mucous lesions), but also in dermoscopy.[1][2] White crossing streaks are a specific, as well as a constant finding for lichen planus, irrespectively of lesion’s duration or subtype.[3] Vessels of mixed morphology (dotted and linear) may be found at the periphery of the lesion.


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