Mr X had become aware that the inside of his cheeks felt different from before. He had read about the rise in mouth cancer and was worried about this. A referral was made by Mr X’s GP to the local Oral Medicine service for a specialist opinion. From the clinical evaluation and a biopsy from the mouth a diagnosis of oral lichen planus was made. The biopsy specimen did not include any cancer or other worrying cells. The condition was discussed and no treatment was needed. Mr X was advised to register with a general dentist for ongoing care and monitoring of his oral healthcare needs.
To find out more about this condition read the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) prepared by the Society on Oral Lichen Planus.