Oral lichen planus

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2011 Feb;44(1):89-107, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2010.09.004.


Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic, immune-mediated condition commonly affecting middle-aged women. The cause of OLP remains obscure. Strict clinical and histologic criteria need to be met to arrive at a definite diagnosis, thereby ruling out other conditions that may mimic OLP clinically and/or histologically. Although OLP is considered a premalignant condition, the risk for neoplastic change seems low.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lichen Planus, Oral* / complications
  • Lichen Planus, Oral* / diagnosis
  • Lichen Planus, Oral* / pathology
  • Lichen Planus, Oral* / therapy
  • Mouth Neoplasms / etiology
  • Precancerous Conditions / etiology