|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 1996 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 127-128
Oral lichen planus caused by dental amalgam
A Sandra, CR Srinivas, Sathish Pai, Keerthilat Pai
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Sandra A, Srinivas C R, Pai S, Pai K. Oral lichen planus caused by dental amalgam. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1996;62:127-8
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Sandra A, Srinivas C R, Pai S, Pai K. Oral lichen planus caused by dental amalgam. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 1996 [cited 2019 Jun 16];62:127-8. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?1996/62/2/127/4344
| To the Editor,|| |
Lichen planus and lichenoid lesions are known to be provoked by many chemicals and drugs. Dental metals like mercury and silver have been implicated in the aetiopathogenesis, probably due to contact allergy, although an electrogalvanic effect has also been postulated., We report a patient who developed oral lichen planus following dental fillings with amalgam containing mercury. A 19-year-old male presented with reticulate bluish white lesions on both buccal mucosa of 2 years duration, in relation to teeth filled with amalgam 4 years ago. Patch testing with dental series (Chemotech AB, Sweden) using Van der Bend chambers showed a positive reaction to elemental mercury (1%) in petrolatum.
Histopathology showed features of LP with basal cell degeneration and band of inflammatory infiltrate in upper dermis. A standard direct immunofluorescence showed a ragged fibrin basement membrane zone band. Fibrin band on immunofluorescence has been reported in LP.
The amalgam fillings were replaced with an inert posterior composite. Two months later the lesions had subsided and patient is asymptomatic.
A diagnosis of oral LP was made based on clinical features, histopathology and immunofluorescence. As the patient was sensitive to mercury and as the lesions appeared following the amalgam filling and subsided following its removal we further feel that in this case mercury in the dental amalgam could have been the precipitating or provoking factor. In a case of oral LP with dental fillings we therefore recommend patch testing with relevant metals, removal of amalgam filling if found positive and replacement with an alternative material.
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