Which specialist consultations are needed for the treatment of 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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An oral medicine specialist/oral pathologist typically makes the primary diagnosis of oral lichen planus (OLP). Opinions may be sought from the following specialists if patients have relevant signs or symptoms:

  • Dermatologist - For the diagnosis, treatment, and review of skin, nail, genital, and scalp lesions

  • Otolaryngologist - For the diagnosis, treatment, and review of laryngeal and esophageal lesions

  • Ophthalmologist - For the diagnosis, treatment, and review of conjunctival lesions

  • Gynecologist - For the diagnosis, treatment, and review of vulval and vaginal lesions

Because exacerbations of oral lichen planus have been linked to periods of stress and anxiety, a psychological assessment may be beneficial in some patients with oral lichen planus. [45] However, objective data to support this link are limited.


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