Occurrence of lichen planus in diabetes mellitus


Background: Lichen planus is common mucocutaneous disorder that affects oral & skin areas and relatively linked to diabetes mellitus &hypertension to find that diabetes mellitus may contribute to development of lichen planus.Materials and method: 324 patients (112 diabetic patients & 112 non- diabetic patients serve as controlled group, aged 18 yrs old and above were obtained from Ramadi General Hospital and College of Dentistry from November 2000 to December 2002Results: 11(9.8%) patients with diabetes mellitus had lesions that fit the criteria of lichen planus.Conclusion: There is no statistically significance association between the presence of lichen planus lesions & diabetes mellitus.