What should be included in long-term follow-up for oral lichen planus (OLP)?

Updated: Mar 29, 2018
  • Author: Jaisri R Thoppay, DDS, MBA, MS; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Follow up patients with oral lichen planus at least every 6 months for clinical examination and repeat biopsy as required, although patients should be advised to seek medical care whenever the symptoms are exacerbated or the presentation of the lesions change. This lesion can have a potential malignant transformation at a rate of 0.04-1.74% as reported in the literature, although there is controversy regarding the etiopathogenesis of this transformation. Careful, regular, and long-term follow-up is essential for early detection of malignant transformation. [57]


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