Korean J Dermatol.  2015 Sep;53(8):628-630.

A Case of Lichen Planus Triggered by Acupuncture

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Busan Paik Hospital, College of Medicine, Inje University, Busan, Korea. derma09@hanmail.net

Abstract

Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory disease that mainly involves the skin and oral mucosa. We report the case of a 57-year-old female who presented with a 6-week history of localized violaceous papules on her back and both extremities. Prior to presentation, she had received acupuncture on her back and both extremities, and 2 weeks later skin lesions occurred along the treated area. From the histopathologic findings of the lesion, the patient was diagnosed with lichen planus and treated with intralesional and topical corticosteroids. Dermatologic diseases such as atypical mycobacterial infection, foreign body granuloma and contact urticaria associated with traditional Korean medicine treatments have been reported. To the best of our knowledge, there has been only one report of eruptive lichen planus triggered by acupuncture in English literature to date. Herein, we report this rare and interesting case of lichen planus related to acupuncture.

Keyword

Acupuncture; Lichen planus; Korean medicine

MeSH Terms

Acupuncture*
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Extremities
Female
Granuloma, Foreign-Body
Humans
Lichen Planus*
Lichens*
Middle Aged
Mouth Mucosa
Skin
Urticaria
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
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