Journal article

Esophageal lichen planus: towards diagnosis of an underdiagnosed disease

Franziska Schauer, Carmen Monasterio, Kristin Technau-Hafsi, Johannes Steffen Kern, Adhara Lazaro, Peter Deibert, Peter Hasselblatt, Henning Schwacha, Steffen Heeg, Volker Brass, Armin Kuellmer, Arthur Robert Schmidt, Annette Schmitt-Graeff, Wolfgang Kreisel

Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019


Background: Although lichen planus (LP) is a common skin disorder, the prevalence of esophageal involvement (ELP) and its clinical manifestations are poorly defined. We aimed to establish diagnostic criteria and characterize disease outcomes of ELP.Methods: Clinical, endoscopic, histological, and immunofluorescence data from consecutive patients with known LP between 2013 and 2018 were analyzed. We established endoscopic (denudation and tearing of the mucosa, hyperkeratosis and trachealization) and histological criteria (mucosal detachment, T-lymphocytic infiltrate, intraepithelial apoptosis, dyskeratosis, and fibrinogen deposits along the basement membrane) to grade disease severity. Endosc..

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