Diseases of the lips

Sophie A. Greenberg, Bethanee J. Schlosser, Ginat W. Mirowski*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Heath care providers should be comfortable with normal as well as pathologic findings in the lips, because the lips are highly visible and may display clinical manifestations of local, as well as systemic inflammatory, allergic, irritant, and neoplastic alterations. Fortunately, the lips are easily accessible. The evaluation should include a careful history and physical examination, including visual inspection, as well as palpation of the lips and an examination of associated cervical, submandibular, and submental nodes. Pathologic and microscopic studies, as well as a review of medications, allergies, and habits, may further highlight possible etiologies. Many lip conditions, including premalignant changes, are relatively easy to treat, when the abnormalities are detected early; however, advanced disease and malignancies are challenging for both the patient and clinician. Treatment should be focused on eliminating potential irritants or allergens and treatment of the primary dermatosis. In this paper we review physiologic variants as well as pathologic conditions of the lips.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1-e14
JournalClinics in Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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