What is the role of neurodermatitis in lichen simplex chronicus?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason Schoenfeld, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Neurodermatitis is a term that historically has been used interchangeably with lichen simplex chronicus, given that psychological factors appear to play a role in the development or exacerbation of the condition. [10, 11, 12] A 2014 study demonstrated an increased prevalence of lichen simplex chronicus in patients with underlying anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder compared with age- and sex-matched controls. [5] A 2015 study showed that patients with lichen simplex chronicus have increased rates of clinical depression compared with patients without the condition. [6]


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