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Friday, November 5, 2010

Oral Lichen Planus Research Study

I frequently search for information on oral lichen planus in hope that there will be some new discovery to help resolve lesions efficiently, to stop scarring, to reduce pain, to have a cure.

So far, no major changes have occurred. I guess there is not enough interest or perhaps not enough funding to make new inroads.

I guess Lichen Planus is a "turtle" disease. In the story of The Tortoise and the Hare, the motto was slow and steady wins the race. Okay, I guess patience is the answer here for patients. (pun intended).

Today I came across evidence of a new study published in the Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine. I can't get a copy of the paper, but it appears the abstract is self explanatory.

I was once in a study similar to this in that the treatment was what most people would consider "alternative". This study used Aloe Vera. Before you roll your eyes, continue reading, please.

32 OLP patients were given Oral Aloe Vera to apply directly in their mouth. Another 32 OLP patients were given a placebo, which means they did not get the Aloe Vera. This was done to compare the results, to determine if Aloe Vera would be useful for Oral Lichen Planus.

It didn't work for everyone. But, the percentages were considered good in that it worked for some, and in comparison to those who used the placebo they did better.

What bothers me is that like many research studies I've read about I think that they didn't continue it for a long enough period of time. I doubt very much that the 32 who were taking the Aloe Vera were not all in the exact same condition. Some may have been lighter cases.  Some may have been severe cases. This is not mentioned in the Abstract. So, my thought is if those with more severe cases were given more time, perhaps they would have had more improvement.

These are the authors of the study

N. Salazar-Sánchez
P. López-Jornet
F. Camacho-Alonso
M. Sánchez-Siles

This is their institution
Mariano Sánchez-Siles
Clínica Odontológica Universitaria
Medicina Bucal
Hospital Morales Meseguer
Murcia, Spain

This is the Abstract

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