Generalized lichen nitidus with oral and nail involvement in a child

Dermatology. 1997;194(4):367-9. doi: 10.1159/000246143.


The generalized form of lichen nitidus (LN) with oral and nail changes is extremely rare in childhood. We report a 10-year-old boy with generalized LN associated with oral involvement and onychodystrophy. Oral lesions showed yellowish papules on the gums. The nails had longitudinal striations and pits on the finger-nails, and transversal ridging of the big toes was found. Cutaneous and mucosal lesions as well as onychodystrophy spontaneously cleared within 8 months.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lichen Nitidus / complications*
  • Lichen Nitidus / diagnosis
  • Lichen Nitidus / pathology
  • Male
  • Mouth Mucosa / pathology
  • Nail Diseases / complications*
  • Nail Diseases / diagnosis
  • Nail Diseases / pathology
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Stomatitis / complications*
  • Stomatitis / diagnosis
  • Stomatitis / pathology