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Keywords:

  • dysphagia;
  • esophagus;
  • lichen planus;
  • fluticasone

SUMMARY

Esophageal lichen planus is a rare condition, and although the majority of cases occur in conjunction with lichen planus at other sites, the endoscopic features are often misinterpreted resulting in a delay in diagnosis. We report a series of five patients presenting to our unit between 2005 and 2009. All five patients were female and presented with dysphagia. Endoscopy demonstrated proximal esophageal stricturing in four patients. Characteristic histological findings were found in four patients. Lichen planus was diagnosed at other sites, and preceded gastrointestinal symptoms, in all patients; five had oral involvement, two had genital involvement, and one had dermal involvement. All patients received proton pump inhibitor therapy without demonstrable benefit. Administration of oral fluticasone proprionate resulted in symptomatic improvement in three patients.