Nigerian Journal of Clinical Medicine

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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in a Patient with Lichen Planus-A Case Report

A.T Akinlade, O.R Mosuro, O.A Adeniji, F.O.A Ajose


Lichen planus is a papulo-squamous skin disorder characterized by extremely pruritic shiny, flattopped and violacious papules (ash grey in blacks), with white lacy markings on the surface (Wickham’s striae). It may affect the skin, scalp, nails, and mucous membranes. We present the case of a 42 year-old teacher with generalized lichen planus, in whom a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus was made at the same time. This case is reported because of the rare association between the two conditions, the challenge of managing lichen planus with steroids in a patient with diabetes mellitus and also the dramatic resolution of symptoms with therapy.

Keywords: Lichen planus, Diabetes Mellitus, Steroid therapy
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