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Supporting you in Local Care Networks
First ever website for Evelina London
‘DIY antibiotics’ at home
Solving catheter care challenges
Lambeth and Southwark GP Focus Group
Have you ever had to refer a client for sexual and reproductive health services?
The new tissue viability pressure ulcer app
Service updates
Guy’s and St Thomas’ goes smoke free – our services to help patients stop smoking
The Dental Health Psychology Service
Transforming emergency care at St Thomas’ Hospital
Female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic at Guy's and St Thomas'
Choir for visually impaired seeks singers
Clinical updates
Daily bathing is currently considered optimal for most children with atopic eczema
Could you recognise a lichen planus case if it were presented to you today?
Pathology updates from Viapath
Easter timings
Phlebotomy update
tQuest update
Training and events
Free gynaecology update for GPs at Guy’s Hospital
Free paediatrics update at Guy's Hospital
Free plastic surgery GP seminar at Guy's Hospital
Training and events
The Allergy Academy Spring Programme
SAGE & THYME - a free 3 hour workshop on recognising and managing distress
Admission Avoidance
Free sexual health promotion training for your team
Optimising Prostate Cancer Diagnostics
Transforming end of life care
Resilience in Healthcare Masterclass
5th Annual Anogenital and Oral Dermatology Course
Skin Biopsy Course
Adult Metabolic Study Day
3D replica of a patient’s heart
C-section simulator trains doctors in high risk births
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Could you recognise a lichen planus case if it were presented to you today?

Lichen planus is a non-infectious, itchy rash that can affect many areas of the body and skin lichen planus affects men and women equally. Genital lichen planus is often missed and can lead to scarring and functional problems.

Affected areas can include the:

  • arms, legs and trunk 
  • mouth (oral lichen planus)
  • nails and scalp
  • vulva, vagina and penis (genital lichen planus)


“The exact cause isn't fully understood, but most experts believe it’s an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly makes antibodies which attack healthy skin,” explains Dr Fiona Lewis, a consultant dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’. “It’s not a subject that GPs receive a lot of training on, so it can sometimes be missed or mistaken for psoriasis, eczema or mouth ulcers”.

You can discover more about how to diagnose lichen planus, know when to refer your patient for a biopsy, and a range of other anogenital and oral dermatology conditions, on the 5th Annual Anogenital and Oral Dermatology course.

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