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Lichen planopilaris

Jerry Shapiro, MD
Nina Otberg, MD
Section Editor
Maria Hordinsky, MD
Deputy Editor
Abena O Ofori, MD


Lichen planopilaris (LPP) is an uncommon inflammatory scalp disorder that is clinically characterized by perifollicular erythema, follicular hyperkeratosis, and permanent hair loss. LPP is considered a follicular form of lichen planus based upon shared pathologic features and the frequent coexistence of clinical findings of these disorders. (See "Lichen planus".)

LPP is divided into three clinical variants:

Classic LPP

Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA)

Graham-Little-Piccardi-Lasseur syndrome (Graham-Little syndrome, GLPLS)

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