Lichen planus is a chronic systemic disease that commonly involves mucosa of oral cavity . It is more common in females and often reported in middle – aged patients. The disease seems to be mediated by an antigen specific mechanism, activated cytotoxic T cells, non-specific mechanisms like mast cells degradation and matrix metalloproteinase activation. It has different variants based on morphology of lesion and site of involvement. Even though there are various lesions that resemble oral lichen planus clinically and histologically, It can be well recognized with its clinical signs and symptoms. Their symptoms may range from none, through mild discomfort to severe burning sensation. Treatment administered is mainly to resolve this symptoms and discomfort. Since it is considered a potentially malignant disorder, early diagnosis and timely management and regular follow up is very important. The objective of this paper is to report a case of reticular lichen planus and highlight on its proper management.
lichen planus, degradation, burning sensation