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Oral lichen planus and stress: An appraisal.

INTRODUCTION: Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by bilateral white striations or plaques on the buccal mucosa, tongue or gingiva that has a multifactorial etiology, where the psychogenic factors seem to play an important role.

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the existing relation between the OLP and psychological alterations of the patient, such as stress, anxiety, and depression.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hospital anxiety and depression scale was applied for psychometric analysis.

RESULTS: The study indicates a definitive relationship between a stressful life event and onset and progression of OLP.

CONCLUSION: Stress management and bereavement counseling should be a part of management protocol of OLP.

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