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BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007609
  • CASE REPORT

Efficacy of diode laser in the management of oral lichen planus

  1. Pradyumna Misra2
  1. 1Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, BBD College of Dental sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  2. 2Department of Conservative & Endodontics, BBD College of  Dental sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Neeta Misra, neeta4lko{at}gmail.com

Summary

Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a common chronic disease of uncertain aetiology. Treatment of patients with symptomatic OLP represents a therapeutic challenge. Despite numerous existing remedies, there are many treatment failures. The diode laser therapy is used as a possible alternative method in the treatment of lichen planus. The patient with OLP lesions was treated using diode laser (940 nm) for the symptomatic relief of pain and burning sensation. The patient was assessed before, during and after the completion of the treatment weekly. The treatment was performed for 2 months and the patient showed complete remission of burning sensation and pain (visual analog scale 0%). The follow-up was performed for 7 months and no recurrence of burning sensation was found. Diode laser therapy seems to be an effective alternative treatment for relieving the symptoms of OLP.

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