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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 161-163

Lichen planus in children: A prospective study over a period of 2.5 years

Department of DVL, GSL Medical College, Rajahmahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sravanthi Kotha
Department of DVL, GSL Medical College, Rajahmahendravaram - 533 296, Andhra Pradesh
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Introduction: Lichen planus (LP) was considered to be rare in childhood with global data showing 2-3% of total LP cases. There were very few studies reported. Aims and Objectives: To find out the prevalence of LP in children in a tertiary hospital and to evaluate the epidemiological and clinical features. Materials and Methods: Children aged <16 years were screened for lichen planus. Biopsy was done for confirmation in doubtful cases. Various clinical and epidemiological features were documented. Results: Of the total 54 children, 34 were males and 20 females. The mean age of children was 10.4 years, and the mean age at the onset of disease was 6.8 years. Preceding infection was noted in 16%, and there was no history of vaccination in any in preceding 6 months. Family history was noted in 4.5% of cases. Comorbidities were observed in 35 (65%) of our study subjects, of which obesity was noted in 15 (28%). Conclusion: Lichen planus is not uncommon in children. Classical papular form is common. Obesity is commonly associated comorbidity larger sample need to be studied for metabolic syndrome.

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