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Indian J Dermatol. 2013 Sep;58(5):405. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.117310.

Hyperkeratotic Palmoplantar Lichen Planus in a child.

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Department of Dermatology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India.


Lichen planus (LP) is a common idiopathic inflammatory disorder that affects the flexor aspect of the wrists, the legs, and the oral and genital mucosa. Depending upon the site of involvement, LP can be divided into mucosal, nail, scalp, or palmoplantar types. Palmoplantar LP can pose a diagnostic problem to the clinician as it resembles common dermatoses like psoriasis, verruca, corn, calluses, lichenoid drug eruption, and papular syphilide of secondary syphilis. In this case report, we describe a 4-year-old male child who presented with highly pruritic erythematous to violaceous hyperkeratotic papules and plaques on his palms and soles. Typical LP papules were noted on the upper back. Histopathology of the papular lesion showed features of LP. Dermatoscopy of a papule from the back showed the characteristic Wickham striae. We report this rare involvement of palm and soles in a case of childhood LP.


Childhood; differential diagnosis; lichen planus; palmoplantar

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