Lichen Planus Evaluation
The evaluation of lichen planus starts with a history and physical examination.
Physical findings in someone with lichen planus include:
- Raised, patches of shiny, white skin
- Patches may be grouped
- Located on the arms, legs, buttocks or scalp
- Hair loss:
- May occur if the rash appears on the scalp
- Oral lesions:
- White spots in the mouth
- Spots may be grouped in lines
- May appear like lace
The diagnosis of lichen planus is confirmed by skin biopsy.
Tests that may be used to evaluate lichen planus include:
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