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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Have You been Tested for Liver Problems with Oral Lichen Planus?

Lichen planus is fairly common skin disorder that last for months to years. Lichen planus affects about 1 or 2% of the U.S. population (approximate six million) and usually affects people between the ages of 30 and 70 years old and is slightly more prevalent in women than in men.

The exact cause of lichen planus is unknown, but it seems to be triggered by stress, genetics, allergic reactions to medicines, and by viral infections such as Hepatitis C.

The onset may be gradual or quick. There have been studies that have found a prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus in people with lichen planus from 3.5% to 60%. For this reason, it has been recommended that people with lichen planus (especially with elevated liver enzymes) should be tested for Hepatitis C Virus.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

My name is Linda I'am 63 years and have P.B.C. and have just been told that I have Lichen Planus of the mouth . I have had liver disease since 1995 . I know of a woman who lives In Kamloops B.C. she has P.B.C and Lichen Planus I think that there is a link between the two diseases .

Elizabeth Munroz said...

Hi Linda, Yes. In discussions with my specialist, she suggests a possibility of a relationship. My liver enzymes have been high for over a year. I've been going through diagnostics. Still no definite diagnosis at this time. Have an appt. for the results of this last test that was done recently. Next is liver biopsy if there are not results indicating what is going on. Thanks for writing.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have had high liver enzymes for over a year and just been diagnosed with oral Lichen Planus which has also affected me over the last year. They are still doing liver tests to find out what is causing the abnormal results. Jo (55 years)

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have had high liver enzymes for over a year and just been diagnosed with oral Lichen Planus which has also affected me over the last year. They are still doing liver tests to find out what is causing the abnormal results. Jo (55 years)



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