Long-term follow-up of lichen planus.
Irvine C, Irvine F, Champion RH
Several large series of patients with lichen planus were reported some 30 years ago but no recent large surveys have been published. In this study, detailed enquiry was made into the natural history of the disease in 214 patients followed up 8 to 12 years after presentation to the Dermatology Department. The key findings from this study showed that the mean age of onset of lichen planus in males was significantly lower than in females (40.3 years in males compared with 46.4 years in females, p less than 0.05). The main eruption of lichen planus cleared within one year in 68% of the patients but we found a higher recurrence rate than in previous series at 49%. Many patients suffered from persistent brown staining many years after the rash had cleared.