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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 438-440  

Colocalization of linear lichen planus and psoriasis vulgaris

Department of Dermatology, Dr.L. H. Hiranandani Hospital, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication14-Sep-2016

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Dr. Rameshwar Madhukarrao Gutte
Department of Dermatology, Dr. L. H. Hiranandani Hospital, OPD No. 112, 1st Floor, Powai, Mumbai - 400 076, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.190507

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Gutte RM. Colocalization of linear lichen planus and psoriasis vulgaris. Indian Dermatol Online J 2016;7:438-40

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Lichen planus (LP) is an autoimmune dermatosis, involving either or all of skin, mucosa, nail, and hairs. It has various clinical presentations such as classical LP, hypertrophic LP, lichen planus pigmentosus, and linear LP (LLP).[1],[2] Psoriasis is also a common autoimmune dermatosis. Various clinical presentations include plaque type, guttate, follicular, linear, and pustular. Coexistence of psoriasis and LP, although common, has been reported rarely.[3]

Here, we report a case of LLP developing in a case of psoriasis with overlapping of lesions—an association never reported before.

A 26-year-old otherwise healthy unmarried female, known case of psoriasis since 3 years presented with linear violaceous, rough, pruritic plaque on left lower limb since one-and-a-half year overlapping on previous psoriasis lesions. There was no history of any preceding trauma, any recent drug intake, dental metal fillings, hepatitis, or any other infection and joint pains. The patient denied a family history of similar lesions. She was treated with methotrexate (TCD-400 mg) for psoriasis but denied history of any biologics use in past. There was no history of any other autoimmune conditions such as vitiligo or autoimmune thyroiditis. Clinical examination revealed multiple erythematous scaly plaques with silvery white scales, all over the body except face, palms, and soles. A linear violaceous, keratotic plaque was seen on left lower limb extending from middle of leg to great toe along the medial side of foot [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Multiple erythematous scaly plaques overlapping with linear violaceous keratotic plaques

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Auspitz's sign was positive on erythematous scaly plaques of psoriasis and linear plaque showed Wickham's striae at some places. All the lesions were nontender. Mucous membranes were normal. Nail examination was normal.

Based on history and clinical examination, differential diagnoses of psoriasis vulgaris with linear LP, psoriasis vulgaris with lichen striatus, and psoriasis vulgaris with linear lichenified psoriasis were considered.

Complete blood count, liver function tests, and renal function tests were normal. Tests for hepatitis C virus and human immunodeficiency virus were negative. Thyroid function was also normal.

With informed consent, two biopsies were taken. One from the linear plaque and second from an erythematous scaly plaque.

Biopsy from the linear lichenoid plaque showed compact orthohyperkeratosis, focal hypergranulosis, acanthosis, saw-tooth appearance of epidermis, band-like infiltrate in upper dermis, interface change with Max–Joseph space, lymphocytic infiltrate, colloid bodies, and melanin incontinence were seen suggestive of lichen planus [Figure 2].
Figure 2: Biopsy-1 from lichenoid plaque showed compact orthohyperkeratosis, focal hypergranulosis, acanthosis, saw-toothing, band-like infiltrate in upper dermis (H and E, 100X)

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Biopsy from the erythematous scaly plaque showed hyperkeratosis, parakeratosis, neutrophilic collections in stratum corneum, acanthosis, papillomatosis, clubbed rete-ridges, dilated capillaries in upper dermis, and inflammatory infiltrate. On further magnification, crowded basal layer, papillomatosis, dilated capillaries, lymphocytic infiltrate, and extravasated RBCs were seen, changes suggestive of psoriasis vulgaris [Figure 3].
Figure 3: Biopsy-2 from erythematous scaly plaque showed parakeratosis, neutrophilic collections in stratum corneum, acanthosis, papillomatosis, clubbed rete-ridges, dilated capillaries in upper dermis, and inflammatory infiltrate (H and E, 40X)

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Based on history, clinical findings, and histopathology, a final diagnosis of psoriasis vulgaris with LLP was made.

LLP, also referred to as Blaschkoid LP, is a rare type of lichen planus characterized by a linear distribution of lichenoid lesions along the  Lines of Blaschko More Details, which are embryonic pathways of skin development. It accounts for less than 0.5% of patients with LP.[4] Seen more commonly in children, however, LLP does occur in adults. Lesions appear as pruritic, violaceous papules in a linear distribution, usually on the limbs, but also elsewhere on the body. It follows a Blaschkoid, not dermatomal, pattern of distribution. It can be superimposed on the more typical nonsegmental and randomly distributed lesions of classic LP. Histology is that of classical papulosquamous LP.[5],[6]

Etiology of LLP is unknown; however, cases associated with metastatic carcinoma, HIV, hepatitis C infection, and dental fillings have been reported.[7],[8] It is thought that LLP arises due to an abnormal keratinocyte clone that is only unmasked after the initiating event for lichen planus.

Cytokine imbalance, for example, excess production of IFN-α and T-cell-mediated autoimmunity as proven by leukocyte migration-inhibition assays are known to occur in both the conditions. Although our patient had no identifiable trigger such as virus or drug, some antigenic stimuli may have triggered IFN-α production. It is speculated that activation of both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells may be responsible in such cases of coexistence.[4],[8]

Coexistence of LP and psoriasis has been reported rarely but is not very uncommon. Poljacki et al. found 5 LP cases in 1743 psoriasis patients, whereas Ohshima et al. found 12 psoriasis cases in 711 LP patients.[4],[5],[6] Inalöz et al. reported a case of bullous LP arising in the skin graft donor site of a psoriatic patient.[9] McGimpsey and O'Brien reported oral lichen planus with psoriasis.[10] Ujiie et al. have reported development of lichen planus and psoriasis on lesions of vitiligo vulgaris—further suggesting role of autoimmunity in causation.[4]

Upon searching the literature, we could find only one case of LLP coexisting with psoriasis. However, there was no overlap of lesions as seen in our case.[4]

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