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J Oral Pathol Med. 1995 Apr;24(4):177-9.

Exfoliative cheilitis.

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Department of Pathology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.


Exfoliative cheilitis is an uncommon condition affecting the vermilion zone of the upper, lower or both lips. It is characterized by the continuous production and desquamation of unsightly, thick scales of keratin; when removed, these leave a normal appearing lip beneath. The etiology is unknown, although some cases may be factitious. Attempts at treatment by a wide variety of agents and techniques have been unsuccessful. Three patients with this disease are reported and its relationship to factitious cheilitis and candidal cheilitis is discussed.

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