A Clinicopathologic Study of Lichen Planus at Assir Area , Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hamad Al-Fahaad
2014 Middle East Journal of Internal Medicine  
Lichen planus (LP) is a subacute or chronic immunologically mediated dermatosis that involves the skin, mucous membranes, hair follicles, and nails. To date, the clinicopathologic features of these lesions in Assir region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are largely unknown. Materials and Methods: To define these features, diagnostic records of dermatopathology cases received at the Pathology Department, Assir Central Hospitals (2007)(2008) were reviewed. The lesions included 51 cases of lichen planus.
more » ... s of lichen planus. Results: Lichen planus was more common in males than in females (2 : 1). The average age incidence was 35.8 3.2 years, and 35.4 2.4 years for males and females respectively. The lower extremities, face and trunk were the most common sites for the lichen planus. Conclusions: In Assir region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia lichen planus is a common disease. It usually affects middle age populations and has a male sex predilection. Review of literature Normal skin The epidermis is a stratified squamous epithelium composed predominantly of keratinocytes, and of at least three other resident cells: melanocytes, Langerhans cells and Merkel cells.
doi:10.5742/meim.2014.92550 fatcat:c23xnkckdzbgln4bt7lqsmqb6m