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Carcinoma in cutaneous Lichen Planus

Author(s): Rahul Shetty | Shashank Lamba | Archana Gulur | Sapna Patel | Ashish Kumar Gupta

Journal: Our Dermatology Online
ISSN 2081-9390

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 75;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: hypertrophic lichen planus | squamous cell carcinoma | reverse sural artery flap

Carcinoma occurring in the cutaneous lesions of Lichen Planus though rarely mentioned in literature does occur and should be kept in mind while treating such lesions. We report a 16 year female who developed a squamous cell carcinoma in a long standing verrucous lichen planus in the lower leg. This case is being presented to indicate the possibility of malignant transformation of cutaneous lichen planus to carcinoma, especially in the hypertrophic forms and the need to have an early diagnosis so that it can be treated in the initial stages. A high degree of suspicion should be present whenever we come across a non healing lesion in a patient with lichen planus. A few markers, which may give us a clue for increased chances of malignant transformation in these cases is presented.
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