How long does it take for oral lichen planus (OLP) to resolve?

Updated: Mar 29, 2018
  • Author: Jaisri R Thoppay, DDS, MBA, MS; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a mucosal subtype of lichen planus. The lesions of cutaneous lichen planus typically resolve within 1-2 years, whereas the reticular forms of oral lichen planus have a mean duration of 5 years and erosive lesions of oral lichen planus are long-lasting and persist for up to 15-20 years or longer. Resolution of the white striations, plaques, or papules is rare. Symptomatic oral lichen planus (ie, atrophic or erosive disease) characteristically waxes and wanes, although the associated white patches rarely resolve. Patients with atrophic (erythematous) or erosive (ulcerative) disease commonly have significant local morbidity. This condition can be aggravated by stress and can have a significant negative impact on quality of life. [30]


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