What is the mortality of lichen simplex chronicus (LCS)?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason Schoenfeld, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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No mortality occurs as a result of lichen simplex chronicus. Overall, pruritus of lichen simplex chronicus is mild to moderate, but paroxysms may occur that are relieved by moderate-to-severe rubbing and scratching. Pruritus is usually described as much worse during periods of inactivity, usually at bedtime and during the night. [15] Touch and emotional stress also may provoke pruritus, which is relieved by moderate-to-severe rubbing and scratching.


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