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Friday, February 22, 2008

I've been thinking about how difficult it can be for a person who has oral lichen planus to understand the medical jargon describing the condition. Here's an example:

"Mucous membrane involvement is common and may be found without skin involvement. Lesions are most commonly found on the tongue and the buccal mucosa; they are characterized by white or gray streaks forming a linear or reticular pattern on a violaceous background"

Violaceous? What the hell is violaceous?

Okay, so it's saying that the moist soft parts inside the mouth are affected and it is possible that there might not necessarily be any lichen planus anywhere else.

Sores (lesions) are usually located on the tongue and the inside of the cheeks. When you look at them they look streaky or like some whitish lines all meeting together and the underneath flesh is more of a purplish or reddish color. The insides of a healthy mouth are supposed to be pink.

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