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A Japanese Case of Esophageal Lichen Planus that Was Successfully Treated with Systemic Corticosteroids.

A Japanese Case of Esophageal Lichen Planus that Was Successfully Treated with Systemic Corticosteroids.
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Sato Y, Takenaka R, Matsumi A, Takei K, Okanoue S, Yasutomi E, Kawai D, Takemoto K, Tsugeno H, Miyake T, Fujiki S,


Sato Y, Takenaka R, Matsumi A, Takei K, Okanoue S, Yasutomi E, Kawai D, Takemoto K, Tsugeno H, Miyake T, Fujiki S, (click to view)

Sato Y, Takenaka R, Matsumi A, Takei K, Okanoue S, Yasutomi E, Kawai D, Takemoto K, Tsugeno H, Miyake T, Fujiki S,

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Internal medicine (Tokyo, Japan) 2017 10 11() doi 10.2169/internalmedicine.8668-16
Abstract

Esophageal lichen planus (ELP) is rare and only about 80 cases have been reported in the literature. An 85-year-old woman presented with dysphagia and odynophagia. Endoscopy revealed a severe stricture in the proximal esophagus. Oral examinations at two years after the first endoscopy revealed erosions around the gingiva, and an examination of biopsy specimens taken from the site of erosion led to a diagnosis of oral LP. Esophageal endoscopy was performed again, and biopsy specimens showed spongiosis and necrotic keratinocytes in the epithelium (civatte bodies). The patient was diagnosed with ELP and was treated with systemic corticosteroids, which resulted in clinical relief.

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